Time for the US to diplomatically recognize Taiwan as an independent country, says Rep. Tom Tiffany

President Richard Nixon toasts with Chinese leader Chou En Lai in February 1972 in Beijing during Nixon’s official visit to China. (AFP via Getty Images)

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In a Breitbart op-ed on December 2, Rep. Tom Tiffany (R-WI) concluded: “It is long past time for the United States to lead by example and formally recognize Taiwan for what it is: a democratic and independent nation.”

The Congressman stated: “The world has changed substantially since Jimmy Carter was in the White House, and so should America’s hopelessly antiquated and counterproductive ‘One China Policy.’ That is why I’ve introduced legislation calling on President Biden to abandon the ‘One China’ lie, support Taiwan’s membership in international organizations, negotiate a free trade agreement with Taiwan, and finally normalize relations between our two countries.”

In the article, the Congressman made the case that the US One China Policy “was conceived nearly a half-century ago by President Richard Nixon as a way to drive a wedge between Mao’s China and the now-defunct Soviet Union.” “It became a reality under President Jimmy Carter, who recognized Beijing in 1979 and cut off formal U.S. ties with Taiwan — without the approval of Congress.”

“The policy is a relic of a bygone era. It is also proving to be a spectacular failure — something that becomes more apparent with each passing day.”

On February 26, Rep. Tiffany introduced the resolution (H.Con.Res.21) “Expressing the sense of Congress that the United States should resume normal diplomatic relations with Taiwan, negotiate a bilateral free trade agreement with Taiwan, and support Taiwan’s membership in international organizations.”

It currently enjoys the co-sponsorship of close to 20 Representatives.

Formosan Association for Public Affairs 



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