SENSE OF CONGRESS REGARDING TAIWAN'S PARTICIPATION IN
THE UNITED NATIONS
the house of representatives
October 3, 2000
BEREUTER. Mr. Speaker, this Member rises in strong support
of H. Con. Res. 390. This Member would first like to express
his sincere appreciation to the distinguished gentleman
from Colorado [Mr. Schaffer] for introducing this resolution
on September 6, 2000 and for working with this Member and
staff on a limited number of modifications to the resolution
as introduced. In addition, this Member would also like
to thank the distinguished Ranking Member of the Subcommittee
on Asia and the Pacific [Mr. Lantos], the distinguished
Chairman of the Committee on International Relations [Mr.
Gilman] and the Committee's distinguished Ranking Member
[Mr. Gejdenson], for supporting this resolution and moving
it expeditiously forward to the House Floor for consideration.
Concurrent Resolution 390 expresses this body's strong support
for Taiwan's participation in the United Nations and other
international organizations, including the World Health
Organization (WHO). The resolution correctly notes that
the 23 million people on Taiwan have much to contribute--both
substantively and financially--to the work of international
organizations. Clearly, the people on Taiwan should also
benefit from the work of the international organizations
as do all members of the world community.
addition, H. Con. Res. 390 recognizes Taiwan's dramatic
transformation into a multi-party democracy with a civil
society which fully respects human rights and civil liberties.
The resolution notes the most recent illustration of Taiwan's
democratic development--the March 18, 2000, election of
Mr. Chen Shui-bian as president and the peaceful transfer
of power on Taiwan from one political party to another on
May 20th with the inauguration of Mr. Chen.
Taiwan's economic achievements in the last 50 years also
give Taiwan a special role in assisting developing economies
and contributing to international organizations focused
on economic, trade and development matters. Taiwan is the
world's 13th largest economy with over $235 billion in two-way
trade. Indeed, Taiwan already is an active and constructive
member of the Asia Development Bank and APEC and has been
an observer at the World Trade Organization since 1992.
year, on May 24, 2000, this body clearly and unequivocally
spoke in favor of Taiwan's accession to the WTO as a full
member by passing H.R. 4444. Given recent statements by
representatives of the People's Republic of China, this
Member wishes to reaffirm that legislation's commitment
that the United States should be prepared to aggressively
counter any attempt to delay, set conditions on, or block
Taiwan's accession to the WTO. Our strong support for Taiwan's
accession to the WTO is clear.
resolution also calls on the Clinton Administration to uphold
the commitment made in its 1994 Taiwan Policy Review to
more actively support Taiwan's participation in appropriate
Speaker, in closing, this Member notes that this body has
repeatedly passed measures that call for greater participation
by Taiwan in international organizations, in particular
supporting Taiwan's participation in the United Nations,
the World Health Organization, and the World Trade Organization,
among others. As Chairman of the Asia and Pacific Subcommittee,
this Member believes it is worthwhile for this body to reaffirm
its support and commitment to Taiwan's participation in
these important international organizations. Therefore,
this Member strongly supports the passage of H. Con. Res.