US lawmakers introduced legislation which calls for the US to resume normal diplomatic relations with Taiwan and to support Taiwan’s efforts to join the United Nations.
Below is an article published by International Herald Tribune:
U.S. lawmakers introduced legislation Friday that urges the United States to resume normal diplomatic relations with Taiwan.
Under current U.S. policy, the United States has no official diplomatic ties with Taiwan and has a so-called one-China policy, with Beijing as its capital.
A sponsor of the legislation, Republican Rep. Tom Tancredo, called that policy outdated. "It's time for the United States to stop living this lie and to formally recognize Taiwan for what it is: An independent and sovereign country," said Tancredo, a strong critic of China and champion of Taiwan.
Such language infuriates China, which considers the democratic island Chinese territory and repeatedly has threatened war should it move toward formal independence. China and Taiwan split in 1949 as the Chinese civil war was ending.
Any hostilities could ensnare the United States, which is Taiwan's biggest arms supplier and is bound by law to help the island defend itself.
The legislation introduced in the House of Representatives also calls for the United States to support Taiwan's efforts to join the United Nations.
The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) is an international, nonviolent and democratic membership organisation. Its Members are indigenous peoples, minorities, unrecognised States and occupied territories that have joined together to defend their political, social and cultural rights, to preserve their environments and to promote their right to self-determination.