Taiwan Policy Review
am pleased to inform you that President Clinton has approved
some adjustments in the way in which we conduct our unofficial
relationship with Taiwan. In studying the matter over
the years, our goal was to find ways to better serve our substantive
interests in Taiwan and to enrich the US-Taiwan relationship
which has grown so remarkably in a wide variety of fields
in recent years.
the same time we will preserve fully the framework of our
one-China policy and the unofficial nature of US-Taiwan relations.
will continue to conduct these relations through the American
Institute in Taiwan (AIT).
US one-China policy has proven to be a reliable foundation
for peace, stability and economic development on both sides
of the Taiwan Strait.
Taiwan Relations Act and three communiques will continue to
be at the heart of this policy, and the Administration will
fully maintain them.
have noted also that profound economic and political changes
have taken place both in China and Taiwan and in the nature
of the relationship between them.
the US view, the cross-Strait talks between Taiwan and the
PRC have been important in promoting stability in the region
and the security of Taiwan. While we will not comment
on the details of your discussions, we continue to wish the
cross-Strait dialogue success.
these changes, the US has worked to maintain mutually beneficial
ties with both the PRC and Taiwan, seeking closer cooperation
and the avoidance of conflict that would impinge on the vital
interests of any of us.
President's decisions reflect an effort to adjust to changing
circumstances in Taiwan and the PRC, to keep the essential
elements of our past policy that have promoted peace and development
in the area, and have enhanced Taiwan's security while making
adjustments to advance our mutual interests in light of a
the president has approved the following adjustments to our
policy. We will:
Taiwan's top leadership to transit US territory for their
travel convenience, for periods of time normal for transits,
but without undertaking any public activities. We will
consider each case individually.
are prepared to initiate, under AIT auspices, a sub-Cabinet
economic dialogue (at the under-Secretary level) and TIFA
(Trade and Investment Framework Agreement) talks with Taiwan.
We will be in touch with you with specific proposals in this
we believe it is clearly appropriate, we will more actively
support Taiwan's membership in international organizations
accepting non-states as members, and look for ways to have
Taiwan's voice heard in organizations of states where Taiwan's
membership is not possible.
will permit high level US Government officials, from economic
and technical agencies to visit Taiwan, as well as more senior
economic and technical officers from the Department of State.
As we do this, we will make judgments as to what level of
visitor best serve our interests.
will permit US government officials to travel to Taiwan to
meet with your officials at whatever level.
will permit all AIT employees, including the Director and
Deputy Director, access to your Foreign Affairs Ministry,
if so desired.
the US we will permit US Cabinet-level officials from economic
and technical departments to meet with Taiwan representatives
and visitors in official settings. These meetings will
be arranged through AIT.
will permit State Department Officials at the Under Secretary
level and below, who handle economic and technical issues
to meet Taiwan representatives but in unofficial settings.
we discussed the President's decision to allow CCNAA to change
its name. In light of that discussion, we can agree
that your official office's name will be changed to Taipei
Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United
elements of our Taiwan policy will not change, as follows:
will continue to be the instrument through which the unofficial
relationship will be conducted, as directed in the Taiwan
with our unofficial relationship, visits as opposed to transits,
by Taiwan's top leaders will not be permitted.
representatives will not be permitted access to the State
Department, the White House or Old Executive Building.
US will not support Taiwan's membership in organizations such
as the UN, which only admits states.
is no change in our arms sales policy.
above adjustments to our Taiwan policy underscore the US commitments
to enriching mutually beneficial economic, commercial and
cultural contacts with the people of Taiwan.
relationship is a sensitive matter in Beijing, and we regret
that these adjustments will draw strong criticism. We
are prepared for this, but we also believe that any actions
in Taipei to heighten Beijing's sensitivity would be in neither
your interest nor ours.
trust that the Taiwan authorities will exercise care and public
references to these adjustments and not attempt to portray
them as a fundamental shift in the nature of our relations.
is our view that any publicity which misconstrues the nature
and purposes of these adjustments increases the possibility
of a PRC backlash. We hope you will take this fully
of these changes will be implemented immediately. On
others, such as the sub-Cabinet economic dialogue, we would
like to soon begin detailed discussions about implementation.
asked; We have not ruled out visits by Cabinet officers of
economic and technical agencies.
Reprinted with the permission of the Taiwan