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Heritage Event: Two Congressmen Look at

Recorded on September 16, 2003

Location:
The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium

For over three decades, successive American administrations have espoused a "One China Policy" which limits diplomatic recognition to only "one China" at a time. But under that policy, the United States has steadfastly refused formal recognition of the People's Republic of China's claims to sovereignty over Taiwan. During the Cold War, Washington and Beijing chose to overlook differences over Taiwan and instead concentrate on facing a threat from the Soviet Union. But with the USSR's threat long dead, is there a strategic rationale for continuing to humor Beijing's threats against Taiwan, Asia's most vibrant young democracy and one of America's biggest trading partners? Congressmen Chabot and Andrews think not and urge the Administration to rethink "one China."