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EXPRESSING SENSE OF CONGRESS REGARDING TAIWAN'S PARTICIPATION IN THE UNITED NATIONS -- HON. RANDY `DUKE' CUNNINGHAM (Extension of Remarks - October 10, 2000)

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HON. RANDY `DUKE' CUNNINGHAM

in the House of Representatives

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2000

Mr. CUNNINGHAM. Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of House Congressional Resolution 390, which acknowledges Taiwan's efforts to become an active member of United Nations. Taiwan's commitment to democratic domestic policies, efforts to engage international organizations, and desire to formalize its role in the international community should no longer be overlooked by the Administration.

Driven out of the UN in 1971, Taiwan has tried to gain readmission since 1993. Unfortunately, those efforts have been stymied because of obstruction by the People's Republic of China. The PRC, one of the five permanent Security Council members which determines new UN membership, has threatened to veto Taiwan's application for membership if it ever reaches the Security Council.

Taiwan's exclusion is contrary to the single most important purpose of the UN, namely the maintenance of international peace and security. For the past decade, Taiwan, now under President Chen Shui-bian, has denounced the past policy of recovering mainland China by force and striven for peaceful coexistence with the PRC. It is the PRC that has resorted to the use of force, as occurred in 1995 and 1996.

While Taiwan should be accepted in its own right into the UN, the efforts by China to isolate the country it deems a `renegade province' increase the urgency of moving to approve Taiwan's admission into that international body. Not only will that provide access to the UN Security Council and discourage future Chinese provocations, but it will shift the responsibility for Taiwan's security from a solely U.S. responsibility to that of the larger international community.

I hope that with the passage of House Resolution 390 that Taiwan's vigilance for independence, ardent trust in America as an ally and recognition by the international community will be realized. It is important that we make a place at the international table for all supporters of democracy.

                    Mr. Speaker, I encourage my colleagues to vote for House Resolution 390.

 
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