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US Congress introduces "consent of the people of Taiwan" Resolution
Washington, 7 September 2001
On September 6, on the eve of the 50th Anniversary of the conclusion of the San Francisco Peace Treaty, a resolution in support of Taiwan's self-determination was introduced in the House of Representatives.
The resolution, HCR-221, states that "It is the sense of Congress that "It is United States policy that the future of Taiwan should be resolved peacefully, through a democratic mechanism such as a plebiscite and with the express consent of the people of Taiwan".
The resolution specifically refers to the fact that under the provisions of the 1951 San Francisco Peace Treaty, Japan renounced all right, title and claim to Taiwan, and the status of the island was left undetermined.
The resolution then states that under the universal principle of self-determination as enshrined in Article 1 of the United Nations Charter, the people of Taiwan have the right to determine their own future. It emphasizes that the United States, as a signatory to the UN Charter, supports that fundamental right.
The effort was led by Rep. Bob Wexler (D-FL), and co-sponsored by Reps. Tom Tancredo (R-CO), Mike McNulty (D-NY), Bob Stump (R-AZ), Patrick Kennedy (D-RI), Pete Sessions (R-TX), Steve Chabot (R-OH), Al Wynn (D-MD), Robert Andrews (D-NJ), David Wu (D-OR) Curt Weldon (R-PA), Peter Deutsch (D-FL) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH).
Congressman David Wu (D-OR), an original co-sponsor of the resolution, states: "The United States has a historical and cultural bond with the people of Taiwan. We value democracy, human rights, and the rule of law. I believe it is appropriate and necessary that the United States support Taiwan, our long-time friend, in its right of self-determination."
Below is the full text of the resolution:
United States House of Representatives
106th CONGRESS 2nd Session
House Concurrent Resolution H.R. 221
Expressing the sense of the Congress that it is United States policy that the future of Taiwan should be resolved peacefully, through a democratic mechanism, with the express consent of the people of Taiwan and free from outside threats, intimidation or interference.
Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That it is the sense of the Congress that