The purpose of the
China/Taiwan Caucus is the undertake a
nationwide public education and communication to
educate the American public and policy-makers on
issues relating to The People's Republic of
China and Taiwan in order to create a climate
conducive to the peaceful reunification based on
historic cultural and familial ties, and
perceived best interest and desires of both
The China/Taiwan Caucus was
established because of the importance of this
issue to the American public. The United
States has long held a "one China" policy,
accepting the relationship between mainland
China and the island of Taiwan as a Chinese
domestic issue. The status quo is viewed
as a temporary practicality until peaceful
reunification can be achieved based on the will
of the people on both sides. Moves toward
independence are not consistent with the
historic relationship, post World War II
treaties and the generally accepted world view.
Moves toward independence are not only in
opposition to U.S. policy, but can destabilize
the region of the world and undermine the
improvement in relations between Beijing and
Taipei that have evolved in recent years.
Following the Communist
revolution of 1949, the former Chinese
leadership consolidated control of the island of
Taiwan. As a policy of the Cold War, the
United States agreed to defend Taiwan form
ilitary attack from the Communist government of
Mainland China. The policy of the U.S. was
predicated on the real threat of military action
at the time, and the strategic importance of a
U.S. alley government in Taiwan during the Cold
War. This basic strategy stayed in place
until February 21, 1972, when President Richard
M. Nixon visited China. In the 30 years
since, the U.S. relationship between China
gradually grew stronger. China began a
remarkable evolution from an isolated world
power with a central planned economy to a nation
integrated into global commerce with a series
free market reforms.
Contact with Larry may be made through PPC at:
lph (at) thomasandjoyce (dot) com
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