House Resolution aims to clarify US One China policy, deny Beijing's claim over Taiwan

Steve Chabot reportedly submitted a resolution to declare US 'One China Policy' not equivalent to Beijing's 'One China Principle'

Steve Chabot, R- Ohio

Steve Chabot, R- Ohio (AP photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – According to Taiwan’s Central News Agency, U.S. Representative, Steve Chabot, has submitted a resolution on March 21, which declares that the U.S. One China Policy is not equivalent to the One China Principle, touted by Beijing.

Chabot, who represents Ohio’s first congressional district, became a co-chair of the Congressional Taiwan Caucus in January. His resolution represents an effort to clarify the U.S. One China Policy, with regard to Taiwan's political situation.

According to CNA, the resolution states that the United States recognizes, but does not endorse, China’s One China Principle. More significant, is the resolution’s declaration that the U.S. does not endorse Beijing's view that “Taiwan is a part of China.”

The text of the resolution reportedly notes that the vast majority of Taiwanese citizens do not support Beijing’s “One China Principle” or its proposal of “One Country, Two Systems.”

The resolution also reconfirms that U.S. relations with Taiwan continue to be based on the Taiwan Relations Act of 1979, and the Six Assurances to Taiwan issued in 1982.

Chabot’s legislation recognizes the very divergent political paths taken by democratic Taiwan and China under its authoritarian communist government, and the diminishing likelihood of political integration between the two states. The resolution further reasserts the U.S. government’s commitment to supporting a peaceful settlement of cross-strait conflict.

Update: Chabot’s resolution (H.Res.248) has been entered into the online Congressional database.