New Members Since Last UpdateMr. Kohan An (IN), Entrepreneur/Owner, King Hun Restaurant
Committee ReorganizationIncorporators: Dr. Frank Cheng, Dr. James Hsiung, Dr. Tze-chung Li
East ChapterPresident: Dr. James Hsiung
Forum on Taiwan Election and China, Taiwan, US Relations
A forum on Taiwan Election and China, Taiwan, US relations will be held at Chicago Chinatown Public Library, Saturday, July 3, 1 -4 p.m. The forum is jointly sponsored by One China Committee, Mid-America Historic Society of World War II in China, and Federation of Mid-American Chinese Academic Organizations. Panelists include Dr. John C. Chen, President of Global Chinese Alliance for the Unification of China; Dr. William Liu, Executive Director of One China Committee; Mr. Hu Da-jiang, Executive Secretary of Mid-American Association for Unification of China; and Professor Edward Ho of Devry Institute. The forum is open to the public.
Letters to Congressmen
One China Committee continues to write letters to Congressmen, urging them to abide by the one China principle and to discourage Taiwan's quest for independence. In particular, we wrote letter to Congressman Jim Ryun on the Ryun Taiwan Amendment to HR 4299. The amendment initiates senior military officer education exchanges with Taiwan. These exchanges will focus on anti-submarine warfare, missile defense and C4ISR - the three fields identified by the Department of Defense where Taiwan is in most need of assistance. Current U. S. policy prohibits such senior exchanges with Taiwan. We also wrote letter to Congressman Thomas G. Tancredo on his recommendation to recognize Taiwan as a sovereign nation. We oppose to his view and call his attention to recent Taiwan election. The recent drama of controversial presidential election with a possible assassination attempt has tarnished Taiwan's democracy. Many Chinese in and outside Taiwan are mourning the demise of Taiwan's democracy, no longer a vibrant democracy as stated in the Concurrent Resolution H.Con. Res. 166.
US-China Economic and Security Review Commission's report on the Taiwan issue
The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission (Commission) announced the release of its 2004 Annual Report to Congress June 15. The Commission is a bipartisan organization established by Congress in 2000 to investigate, analyze and provide recommendations to Congress on the economic and national security implications of the U.S.-China relationship, The Commission specifically investigated the following areas: China's proliferation practices, China's economic reforms and U.S. economic transfers to China, China's energy needs, Chinese firms' access to the U.S. capital markets, U.S. investments into China, China's economic and security impacts in Asia, U.S.-China bilateral programs and agreements, China's record of compliance with its World Trade Organization (WTO) commitments, and the Chinese government's media control efforts. The Report presents its key findings, analysis, and recommendations to Congress in each of these areas. While China has undertaken a diplomatic offensive in Asia to reassure its neighbors of its long-term peaceful intentions, buying time and space in the process to pursue its economic development and military strengthening, countries in the region appear to perceive the United States as losing focus on Asia as it prosecutes the war on terrorism. China's recent actions toward Taiwan and Hong Kong call into question its commitments to a peaceful approach toward Taiwan and to preserving Hong Kong's autonomy and self-government. These developments merit a fresh look at U.S. policies in these areas by the Congress and executive branch. In particular, recent developments across the Strait are putting increasing stress on the United States' one China policy, demonstrating the need for a new assessment of this policy that takes into consideration current realities.
The Commission recommends: Congress should consult with the administration on developing appropriate ways for the United States to facilitate actively cross-Strait dialogue that could promote the long-term, peaceful resolution of differences between the two sides and could lead to direct trade and transport links and/or other cross-Strait confidence-building measures. Congress and the administration should conduct a fresh assessment of the one China policy, given the changing realities in China and Taiwan, including the policy's successes, failures, and continued viability; whether changes may be needed in the way the United States government coordinates its defense assistance to Taiwan; and how U.S. policy can better support Taiwan's breaking out of the international economic isolation that the PRC seeks to impose on it.
FOR A SYNOPSIS OF THE COMMISSION'S REPORT, REFER TO THE JUNE NEWS IN CHIAMONLINE.ORG.
One of our Board members, Michael Travis, has contacted the Commission expressing One China Committee's view and urging to have our input in their future report. He also tries to arrange a meeting with the Commission members and staff in D.C.