PASSES BILL SUPPORTING
TAIWAN's PARTICIPATION IN W.H.O.
House passed H.R. 1794 today (10/4/99), a bill calling for
Taiwan's "appropriate and meaningful participation in the
World Health Organization" and requiring a report to the
Congress from the Secretary of State not later than January
1, 2000 regarding "efforts of the Secretary to fulfill the
commitment made in the 1994 Taiwan Policy Review to more
actively support Taiwan's participation in international
Sherrod Brown (D-OH), the bill's author, said that "denial
of Taiwanese participation in the WHO is an unjustifiable
violation of its people's fundamental human rights. Good
health is a basic right for every citizen of the world,
and Taiwan's admission to the WHO would greatly help foster
that right for its people."
Doug Bereuter (R-NE), chair of the Asia and Pacific Subcommittee
of the House International Relations Committee, supported
the bill, stating that "no one can responsibly argue" with
the legislation's call for "appropriate and meaningful participation"
by Taiwan in the WHO and that it was "entirely appropriate"
for Congress to ask for a report from the State Department
on its activities on Taiwan's behalf.
the recent earthquake that devastated Taiwan, Brown decried
"the reality of the One China policy" which meant that "even
in Taiwan's darkest hour the United Nations had to receive
permission from the People's Republic of China before helping
Chen Wen-yen, President of the Formosan Association for
Public Affairs (FAPA), added, "The reality is that Taiwan
is not a part of China but a de facto independent country.
A new formulation of U.S. policy is needed - a 'one China,
one Taiwan policy.' Not a small part of this
new policy must be vigorous support for Taiwan's voice to
be heard directly and fully in the United Nations and its
this year, Senate Resolution 26 passed with similar language
to HR 1794. With no binding power, the Senate resolution's
call for a report by April 20, 1999 by the Secretary of
State on efforts to implement the 1994 Taiwan Policy Review
was ignored by the State Department.
1794 puts binding legislative muscle behind the call for
active efforts on Taiwan's behalf by the State Department.
October 4, 1999
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