By Choekyi Lhamo
DHARAMSHALA, Mar 2: US lawmakers Tom Tiffany and Scott Perry on Friday have introduced a bill to scrap ‘One-China policy’ and to further resume diplomatic relations with Taiwan. The press release on Monday stated that the bill also urges the Biden administration to support Taiwan’s membership in international organizations and to start negotiations with Taipei on crafting a US-Taiwan Free Trade Agreement.
“For more than 40 years, American presidents of both political parties have repeated Beijing’s bogus lie that Taiwan is part of Communist China – despite the objective reality that it is not . . . It is time to do away with this outdated policy,” said MP Tiffany. The US has maintained normal diplomatic relations with the government in Taiwan until 1979, when then-President Jimmy Carter abruptly cut off ties with Taipei and recognized the CCP regime in Beijing.
“As an independent Nation that proudly collaborates with Taiwan across a wide spectrum of issues, it’s long past time The United States exercised our sovereign right to state what the world knows to be true: Taiwan is an independent country, and has been for over 70 years,” said Congressman Perry. The statement cited the bipartisan Taiwan Relations Act (TRA) and President Reagan’s “Six Assurances” that made clear that the US did not recognize China’s claims of sovereignty over Taiwan.
Congressman Tiffany proposed an amendment to the annual Pentagon spending bill that sought to withdraw a set of restrictions limiting communications between Taiwanese and US officials in 2020. Former Secretary of State Pompeo later enacted the policy, scrapping the “guidelines” to enable greater communication. “America doesn’t need a permission slip from the Chinese Communist Party to talk to its friends and partners around the world . . . Taiwan is a free, democratic and independent country, and its time U.S. policy reflected that fact,” Tiffany further added.