Beijing, 27 June 1998
In a disappointing move, the Clinton administration indicated from
Beijing, that the U.S. position on Taiwan would not change as a
result of Saturday's summit between U.S. President Bill Clinton and
his Chinese counterpart Jiang Zemin.
On Friday Clinton continued to stick to the anachronistic "One
China" policy, and ruled out any change on Taiwan during his
visit to China. "Our position with regard to Taiwan is embodied
in the three communiques and in the Taiwan Relations Act and in the
facts of our relationship over the years,'' Clinton told reporters.
"So I think it's obvious there will be no change in our
position one way or the other on this trip.''
Is this the President of "the land of the free, and
the home of the brave?"
Mr. Clinton could have used his visit to Beijing to enunciate that
he would stand up for the principle of democracy, and that the decision
on the future of Taiwan is for the people on Taiwan to make,
according to the principle of self-determination.
Mr. Clinton could have used to occasion to state that China
should renounce the use of force, and stop blocking Taiwan's
membership in international organizations, such as the United
Nations, the WHO, and the WTO.
Mr. Clinton could have used the occasion to urge China to
accept Taiwan as a friendly neighboring state, instead of
perpetuating the hostility against the freedom-loving island,
causing instability in East Asia.
Mr. Clinton thus lost an excellent opportunity to stand tall on
the principles of democracy, human rights, and self-determination.
He could have stood up for a democratic Taiwan; instead, he kowtowed
to a repressive and Communist China.
Beijing had been pressing for a ``fourth communique'' that would
tighten the screws on Taiwan by committing the United States in
writing to oppose Taiwan independence and its membership of world
bodies, including the United Nations. In Taipei, advocates of Taiwan
independence on Thursday launched a three-day sit-in protest outside
the American Institute in Taiwan, opposing the ``selling out'' of
Just before president Clinton's departure for his trip to Beijing,
a bi-partisan group of members of the US House of Representatives --
nine Democrats and eight Republicans -- sent a joint letter, urging
him to reject the so-called
Noes". Almost all of the signatories are members
of the House International Relations Committee or its Asian
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