The News Lense
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. [FULL STORY]