I received a message earlier today requesting that I sign this petition in support of Taiwan. I will do them one better and post it here in hopes that they might collect a few more signatures than just mine…
To the United States Presidential Administration:
We, the undersigned individuals and organizations, join the many Americans who support democracy and the right to self-determination without threat. We urge the Administration to rearticulate its “One China Policy” to recognize the reality that there are two separate, sovereign governments each on China and Taiwan.
Drafted in 1972, the “One China Policy” acknowledges the statement that “there is but one China and Taiwan is a part of China.” These words were drafted without the consultation of the Taiwanese population when Taiwan was under an authoritarian rule. Then, the 1979 U.S. – PRC Joint Communiqué recognized the People’s Republic of China as the sole legal government of China, severing all diplomatic relationships with the Republic of China on Taiwan. Taiwan has since become a full-blown democracy modeled after the values embedded in the U.S. Constitution and its people have the power to decide upon Taiwan’s fate. However, the outdated “One China Policy” constricts their right to self-determination by not recognizing that there are two separate, sovereign governments each on China and Taiwan.
The U.S. should not advocate policies that infringe upon any people’s right to self-determination. We must reconsider the use of the term “One China Policy” in light of today’s realities. A new formula should be used for the complex U.S. relationship to both the PRC and Taiwan, one that formally supports Taiwan’s right to self-determination.