The One China Committee was formerly registered October 15 with the Illinois Secretary of State as a not-for-profit organization.
As of today, we have the following new members:John A. Breinich (HI), Executive Director, Hawaii Medical Library
We have registered a web site, onechinacommittee.org It is under construction.
Foreign Policy Association released its annual Great Decisions which includes the National Opinion Ballot Report. The national opinion ballot survey has conducted since 1955. Each year the National Opinion Ballot Report is sent to the White House, the departments of State and Defense, members of Congress, the media and concerned citizens. The ballots cast by participants in the Foreign Policy Association's 2003 Great Decisions study and discussion program on eight topics: (1) alone or together: the U.S. and the world; (2) Afghanistan: a fragile peace; (3) the uneasy U.S.-Saudi alliance; (4) U.S. and Nigeria: thinking beyond oil; (5) international food wars: growing controversies; (6) China in transition: is real change imminent?; (7) Europe: state of the union; and (8) global struggle for women's rights.
Ballot Report highlights are presented in three categories: support for, opposition to, and other views. Two questions in topic 6, China in transition, relate to Taiwan. They are reproduced below:
ISSUE C. Should the U.S. make an explicit pledge to defend Taiwan against an invasion from the mainland?
1. Yes, 26%
2. No, 74%
ISSUE D. Now that Taiwan is a democracy, should the U.S. encourage Taiwan's quest for independence?
1. Yes, 35%
2. No, 65%
Harbin Business Exchange In Brief
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November 4, 2003
I attended the founding press conference for the One China Committee. This group of U.S. activists, both Chinese and non-Chinese Americans, present a strong case for supporting the natural inclination of the Chinese and Taiwanese to build a foundation of trust and cooperation. The political, military and economic adversarial positions are a thing of the past. As the world watches the remarkable transition of China from an isolated nation to a world free-trade leader, we also note the political restoration of the traditional Chinese nation. The return of Hong Kong and Macao were significant events. But they would dwarf the significance of the restoration of Taiwan as a functioning part of the Peoples' Republic. This is not an unreasonable notion. Throughout the world, there is a growing realization that hostilities between Beijing and Taipei are less likely every day. Taiwan is already the biggest investment partner of mainland China, and this likely will grow in future years. More and more, the world community sees reunification as an eventual possibility. It will not come in the immediate future. Nor will it come as the result of military intervention. Both sides see the futility and folly of open warfare. Despite the political rhetoric of the moment, the argument for a peaceful reunification based on the mutual desires of the citizens of both regions seems to be the path of choice. Our U.S. policy has never taken the position that Taiwan should be a separate nation. We have agreed to defend Taiwan from an unlikely military attack. Officially, the U.S. maintains a "one China" policy and leaves it to Beijing and Taipei to deal with the matter. Eventual peaceful reunification is a good policy . . . and one we should all encourage. (Larry A. Horist)