Chinese Government Sends Warning Letter To Taiwan-Supporting US Representative

Chinese Government Sends Warning Letter To Taiwan-Supporting US Representative
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On February 4, the Chinese government sent a letter to a US representative, who has been promoting interactions between Taiwan and the State of Mississippi, requesting him not to encourage official exchanges between Taiwan and the US.

Compiled and translated by Yuan-ling Liang

On February 19, Hank Zuber (Henry Zuber III), representative in the Mississippi House (District 113), posted on his Facebook page that he received a warning letter from the Chinese government. Though the post has already been removed from Zuber’s page, screenshots were captured by Taiwanese media and have aroused discussion.

In the letter, Consulate General of People’s Republic of China in Houston advocates that, “Taiwan is an unreliable part of China,” and that “the US Government adheres to the One-China policy, does not support so-called ‘Taiwan independence.”

It also mentions the latest election result in Taiwan, which DPP takes advantage, may “bring many uncertainty to the development of cross-strait relations and pose serious challenge to peace and stability of the Taiwan Straits.”

The Chinese government clarifies at the end of the letter that they don’t expect Zuber or other representatives to attend any inaugural ceremonies or correspondence with president-elect Tsai. Adoption of resolutions in the legislative assembly and official exchanges between US and Taiwan are also not welcomed.

According to Zuber’s post, he “coauthors supporting resolutions and meets the visiting Taiwanese Delegation annually.” Zuber emphasizes that, “every man has the God given right to live under the freedoms of religion/speech regardless of national region, etc. Conflict is not intended nor desired,” and China should be engaged to ensure these freedoms for Taiwanese, even for Chinese people someday.

The post was removed within 48 hours.

Last year, upon the visit of Director General Louis Min-Jing Huang of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Houston to the State of Mississippi, the house passed “House Concurrent Resolution 95” to welcome such an event.

The resolution writes, “The Republic of China (Taiwan) and the State of Mississippi have nurtured and maintained a friendship built upon unwavering bonds that will be beneficial and rewarding for both governments and their citizens now and in the future.”

It even mentions, “the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) represents a high-standard, comprehensive and forward-looking pathway for achieving a free trade area within the Asia-Pacific region, and Taiwan’s inclusion in the TPP would lead to an overall economic gain of nearly Seventy-eight Billion Dollars in social welfare for the United States and other member countries.”

In response to this incident, current President of FAPA (Formosan Association for Public Affairs), Peter Chen, expresses appreciation for Zuber’s support of Taiwan and stresses on Taiwan’s importance in the trade and national security of the US. He mentions the consensus so far reached in 1979 Taiwan Relations Act and the 1982 Six Assurances, reiterating the principle set should be determined to assure the peaceful future of Taiwan.

Screenshot of Peter Chen's letter. Photo Credit: FAPA Facebook page

Screenshot of Peter Chen’s letter. Photo Credit: FAPA Facebook page

“We oppose attempts by the Chinese government to undermine the strong relationship between the US and Taiwan, and applaud you for standing up for Taiwan’s democracy,” Chen says.

Edited by Olivia Yang

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