Updated: 08 Dec. 2021 15:07 IST
Washington [US], Dec. 8 (ANI): A bill introduced by US congressmen calling on the US to end its “one China” policy and restore diplomatic ties with Taiwan has gained a total of 18 supporters in the Congress.
As reported by Taiwan News, the bill called on the US to abandon the “one-China” policy, resume formal relations with Taiwan and begin negotiations on a US-Taiwan free trade agreement. In the past nine months, the bill has gained 16 additional co-sponsors, all of whom are Republicans to date.
The bill was introduced on March 1 by Congressmen Tom Tiffany and Scott Perry.
Tiffany’s spokesman suggested this shows “growing support for a change in US-Taiwan policy on Capitol Hill”. The congressman’s representative said Tiffany has contacted members directly to gain support for the resolution.
As reported by Taiwan News, Tiffany noted that all supporters are currently Republicans, but stressed that the congressman is trying to reach out to Democrats in hopes of making the effort twofold next year.
Tiffany said it is time for the US to lead by example and “recognize Taiwan as a free and independent nation”.
The US does not need a “permission slip from China” to establish normal relations with “our friends and allies,” the congressman added.
The ‘one China policy’ is a policy that claims that there is only one sovereign state under the name of China.
Beijing has armed the “one China policy” to block Taiwan’s membership and full participation in international organizations and events. (ANI)