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U.S. lawmaker urges Washington to take on one-China principle

2019/03/22 22:23:09

Steve Chabot (Image taken from his Facebook page)

Washington, March 21 (CNA) American congressman Steve Chabot proposed a resolution on Thursday that urges the U.S. government to challenge China's "one China principle."

The resolution stresses that the United States' one-China policy does not commit the U.S. to the People's Republic of China's one-China principle and that it should counter the one-China principle through a two-pronged policy.

First, the U.S. should recognize that Taiwan's government legitimately represents a democracy of 23.6 million people, according to the resolution.

Second, the U.S. should "seek to ensure any resolution of the future of Taiwan is undertaken peacefully and with the active assent of the people in Taiwan," in line with the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA) and the political, security and economic interests of the U.S., the resolution says.

The bill would also urge other countries and international organizations from acquiescing to the one-China principle.

The resolution still has to be approved by the House Committee on Foreign Affairs before being submitted to the House floor for a vote. Even if the resolution is passed on the House floor, however, it remains non-binding and only has symbolic significance.

The resolution says the U.S.'s "one-China Policy" is based on the implementation of the TRA and on three joint communiques negotiated with the PRC in 1972, 1978, and 1982, with a focus on the peaceful resolution of Taiwan's status.

The PRC's one-China principle, on the other hand, refers to Beijing's claim that there is only one China, that the PRC government is the sole legal government representing all of China, and that Taiwan is an inalienable part of China's territory, the resolution says.

It cited a speech made by Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) in January as evidence of the differences between Washington's one-China policy and Beijing's one-China principle.

Xi said in the speech that the development of the relations across the Taiwan Strait "has proved that no one and no forces can change the historical and legal facts that Taiwan is a part of China and the two sides of the Strait belong to one China."

In addition, Xi also said China makes no promise to renounce the use of force and reserves the option of taking all necessary means against Taiwan independence separatists, according to the resolution.

(By Chiang Chin-yeh and Frances Huang)