House members call for end to 'One China' policy, normal relations with Taiwan

"[T]he president should abandon the fundamentally flawed 'One China Policy' in favor of a more realistic 'One China, One Taiwan Policy' that recognizes Taiwan as a sovereign and independent country, separate from the undemocratic Government of the People's Republic of China in Beijing," it reads. It also calls on the United States to begin the process of normalizing diplomatic relations with Taiwan, and to support Taiwan's membership in the United Nations.

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), the lead sponsor of the measure, said it is time to end the "One China" policy set out in the Shanghai Communique that has established a framework for U.S.-China relations since 1979, and prevents the United States and Taiwan from setting up formal embassies with each other.

"If the United States can sell fighter jets to Taiwan, we can open an embassy in Taipei," McCaul said. "Taiwan is a vibrant democracy and has been a steadfast ally of the United States and a compassionate member of the international community."

"Throughout our history we have supported the right to self-determination for sovereign peoples throughout the world; in the case of Taiwan, it is time to stand on that principle once again," added Rep. Robert Andrews (D-N.J.). Rep. Sam JohnsonSam JohnsonOvernight Finance: House votes to rein in IRS; Ryan won't set Puerto Rico timeline House GOP grills IRS head on illegal immigrants' tax returns House GOP chairman narrowly survives primary challenge MORE (R-Texas) is the other sponsor of the resolution.

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