US House Committee rejects Beijing's 'One China principle,' declares support for Taiwan

'Let’s be clear: US One-China policy ≠ PRC One-China principle' says US House Committee on Foreign Affairs

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U.S. Congress (photo by Unsplash user Chris Grafton)

U.S. Congress (photo by Unsplash user Chris Grafton)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Foreign Affairs Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday (May 13) affirmed support for Taiwan and also dismissed the idea that China’s “One China” Principle is equivalent to the U.S. government’s “One China Policy.”

In a series of messages posted to the Committee’s official Twitter account, the Committee, led by Chairman Eliot Engel, pushed back at the erroneous assertions made by the Chinese state-backed publication the Global Times. One tweet states unequivocally that “the U.S. One China policy does not equal the PRC One-China principle.”

The Committee re-affirms the “solemn commitment” of the U.S. to uphold the Taiwan Relations Act, which just celebrated its fortieth anniversary in April.

The tweets also remind Beijing that attempts to increase pressure on Taiwan and undermine Taiwan’s democracy represents the greatest threat to the status quo.

The tweets can be seen below.

The original post refers to the “Taiwan Assurance Act of 2019,” a bill introduced by Representative Michael McCaul, which passed the House in early May and which is currently being reviewed by the Senate.

The bill (H.R.2002) was passed near unanimously with bipartisan support in the House. It aims to enhance U.S.-Taiwan relations, and to promote Taiwan’s greater participation in international affairs and organizations, while also calling for regular arms sales to Taipei.

The declaration by the House Committee on Foreign Affairs that the U.S. “One China policy” is not equivalent to China’s “One China principle” also recalls a recent bill (H.Res 248) drafted by Representative Steve Chabot, which proposes a legislative resolution to declare just that.

he direct mention of the difference between the U.S. “One China” policy and Beijing’s “One China principle” in the Committee’s tweets above may indicate that Chabot’s resolution “expressing …that the United States One-China Policy does not commit it to China's One-China Principle,” may soon be up for a vote floor vote in the House of Representatives.