by Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS)
On Beijing’s White Paper
March 2, 2000
People's Republic of China's White Paper on Taiwan Affairs
raises serious questions about China's desire for a peaceful
resolution to Taiwan's status. It certainly seems
to indicate that hardliners in Beijing who value military
development above China's economic development are beginning
to dominate the direction of China's foreign policy.
This White Paper -- and the People's Liberation Army's endorsement
of it is unacceptable in that it suggests the Government
of China is willing to impose a solution regardless of the
concerns of the Chinese people on Taiwan.
like this only exacerbate regional tensions; they are unhelpful,
threatening and I am very concerned about them. It
is one of the reasons I am a strong supporter of the Taiwan
Security Enhancement Act. It has become a necessary
and timely response to China’s heightened threats against
Democratic Taiwan and I hope to see this bill come to the
floor of the Senate in the near future.