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Michael McCaul & Robert Andrews

Report from Washington
House resolution calls for normalization of relations


On Monday, 7 May 2012, United States Congressmen Michael McCaul (R-TX), Robert Andrews (D-NJ), and Sam Johnson (R-TX) introduced a new resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives, calling on the United States government to resume diplomatic relations with Taiwan.

H. Con. Res. 122 urges the President to: (1) abandon the fundamentally flawed ‘One China Policy’ in favor of a more realistic ‘Once China, One Taiwan Policy’ that recognizes Taiwan as a sovereign and independent
country, (2) begin the process of resuming normal diplomatic relations with Taiwan; and (3) aggressively support Taiwan’s full participation in the United Nations “and any other international organization of… for which statehood is a requirement for membership.”

Of the five countries in the world that the United States government currently does not diplomatically recognize (Iran, North Korea, Cuba, Bhutan and Taiwan), Taiwan is the only full-fledged democracy.

Similar resolutions were introduced in 2005 and 2007 by former Congressman and outspoken Taiwan supporter Tom Tancredo (R-CO), and again in 2009 by former Congressman John Linder (R-GA), another staunch
Taiwan advocate in the U.S. House of Representatives prior to his retirement.

Furthermore, the resolution affirms that the Taiwan Relations Act and the Six Assurances constitute the cornerstone of United States-Taiwan relations and establishes “the reality that Taiwan has functioned
as an independent and sovereign country for over half a century.”

Taiwan Communiqué / June/ July 2012 P. 20

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