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United States' Position

United States Policies Towards Taiwan:

  • Supports Taiwan to a level which does not interfere with U.S. and Chinese Relations
  • Does Not support Taiwan's independence for Taiwan is already independent, and will not support major representations because again of Chinese interference
  • Supports One-China Policy, which is also forced to accept by the Chinese, but never mentions One China and One Taiwan Fact.

U.S. Perspective

The U.S. government has been supportive for some time of Taiwan’s participation in certain international organizations. The 1994 Taiwan Policy Review directed the United States to support Taiwan’s participation in “appropriate international organizations,” particularly WHO, yet no other specific entities are mentioned. In recent years, the United States has become even more amenable to Taiwan’s participation in WHO and, as already mentioned, the Bush Administration has previously signed bills directing the U.S. government to devise a plan to help Taiwan obtain observer status in the organization. The United States was also supportive of Taiwan’s efforts to join WTO. The U.S. government does not believe such support for Taiwan’s participation in these international organizations is inconsistent with the one China policy; nevertheless, the United States has not deemed support of Taiwan’s bid for U.N. membership appropriate. International precedents for participation of non-state entities in certain organizations, such as WHO, could result in Taiwan gaining admittance at some level to a wider array of international organizations without a serious increase in tensions across the Taiwan Strait or a real deterioration in U.S.-China relations resulting from U.S. support for such participation. China has accepted such conditions in the past. The challenge for the United States will arise if China perceives such moves as real efforts at Taiwanese independence or a reversal of the One-China policy. China will not docilely accept the internationalization of the Taiwan issue and will certainly look askance at any U.S. efforts viewed as seriously supporting such steps. At this stage, the United States has no desire and sees no need to support internationalization of the Taiwan-China relationship, maintaining the position that the issue should be resolved by peaceful negotiations between Taiwan and China.


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