To Members and Friends

One China Committee

Update 42

September 2013

New Members

Joseph Ho (CA)
Verlena Simms )IL)
Austin Todd (IL)

Kevin Hopkins promoted

Kevin Hopkins, the founding member and Vice-President of the One China Committee, has been promoted to full professor at the John Marshall Law School. Prof. Hopkins spoecializes in torts. He has taught in Taiwan and China.

Forum on Obama-Xi, Xi-Wu summits and the unificaton of Chinu

The forum was held at the Chinatown Chicago Public Library on Saturday August 24, 2013. Yungsheng Cha and Hong we Li gave talks on Diaoyutai and China dream respectively. Nickos Lambors and Tze-chung Li briefly commented. Russell Miller, Dorothy Li, and Sunny Zhang gave their remarks. The forum was moderated by Edward Hu. Dinner followed at the House of Forune.

Frank Hsieh-fu Cheng at 89

Frank Hsieh-fu Cheng, One China Committee incorporator and founding member, passed away August 4, 20123. He was 89.

Dr. Cheng was born in China on November 16, 1923. After graduated from St. John's University in Shanghai, he came to the United States to study in 1949 and received a M.S. degree in Biochemistry in 1950 from the University of Tennessee and a doctorate in Biological Chemistry from Indiana University in 1956. In 1964, Dr. Cheng joined the University of Iowa as professor of nuclear medicine, radiobiology, and radiology. He was among scientists in adopting radioimmunoassays for clinical diagnosis in hospital laboratories and has advocated the radionuclide methodology for research projects.

Since retirement in 1992, he had been active in university programs and hospital supports. He belonged to many academic and scientific groups, including Iowa City Area Foreign Relations Council, Council on International Visitors to Iowa City, and Johnson County Senior Center. He helped to establish the University of Iowa Retirees Association and Emeritus Faculty Council. He was also involved in Iowa Sister State, an organization in the Iowa Capitol establishing cultural relationships between Iowa and several other nations. Dr. Cheng was National President of Phi Tau Phi Scholastic Honor Society of America.

Dr. Cheng received many awards, such as International Citizen of Iowa city Award (1996), Distinguished Service Award of the Chinese Academic and Professional Association in Mid-American (1992), Outstanding Service Awards from Optimist International of Coralville, Iowa (1986), and The Key to the City of Coralville, Iowa, U.S.A. (1990).

Taiwan-mainland trade up 27% in first eight months

Trade between the Chinese mainland and Taiwan hit $133.21 billion in the first eight months this year, up 27.4 percent from the same period last year, a mainland spokesman said Friday September 13.

During the eight months, the mainland's companies invested $1 billion in 175 projects on the island, according to Yang Yi, spokesman for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council.

From January to July, the mainland approved 1,165 Taiwan investment projects, with an actual use of investment of $1.42 billion, said Yang.

Yang said cross-Straits economic cooperation has remained sound, noting progress in the implementation of the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement and following negotiations.

According to statistics from mainland customs authorities, during the first half this year, Taiwan enterprises have been exempted a total tariff of $314 million, up 25.6 percent year on year. (Xinhua, Sep 13, 2013).

Can China buy Taiwan's reunification?

The Diplomat's J. Michael Cole writes that China may be able to use its "immense investment power" to achieve reunification with Taiwan without firing a single missileGiven the political pressure for Chinese investment in Taiwan and the preferential thresholds offered to Chinese investors, it won't be long before Chinese transcend that number.

It's worth noting that cross-strait investment liberalization occurs at a time when Taiwan has lost some of its luster as a Foreign Direct Investment destination, which adds pressure on the local sector to open up to China in times of economic stagnation. 2011 was the first time in four decades that Taiwan registered a negative inflow of FDI.

Beyond Taiwan's oft-mentioned growing economic reliance on China is the recent phenomenon of Chinese investors acquiring stakes -- including controlling ones -- in Taiwanese firms. This raises the possibility that Chinese investors and managers will seek to use their positions to influence subordinates' attitudes towards cross-Strait relations. Even if they did not, Taiwanese workers at Chinese companies might be hesitant to express their support for a political party that opposes unification for fear of hurting their career prospects. Like the 2 million or so Taiwanese working in China, over time such workers would also naturally tend to favor political parties that support closer relations with China as strained ties could hurt their economic livelihoods. (Scott Greene, China Digital Times, Aug 23, 2013)..

United States policy on Taiwan unchanged: US official

The United States' policy on Taiwan is consistent and unchanged, a senior State Department official said Monday July 23 in reference to President Ma Ying-jeou's planned transit stop in New York en route to Latin America next month.

"The U.S. one-China policy has been sustained through eight administrations. It is based on the three communiques and the Taiwan Relations Act, and that will continue to inform our approach," said Daniel Russel, the new assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs.

Russel was speaking in his first press event since becoming the assistant secretary, during which he was asked if the president's transit stop is any indication of the current status of U.S.-Taiwan relations.

Expressing support for the progress in cross Taiwan Strait relations under Ma's tenure, Russel said the dialogue that Ma has fostered is beneficial to people on both sides of the strait as well as to the region and others in terms of promoting stability and prosperity.

On relations with China, Russel said that in the last four and a half years, Washington has placed a premium on trying to build a cooperative partnership with China through direct and high-level dialogue.

The United States is also working hard to develop a candid dialogue on areas of disagreement, he said, adding that this was the spirit in which U.S. President Barack Obama invited his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping to an unprecedented informal meeting in California in June. (CNN, Jul 24, 20