STOP USAGE: US officials should also refrain from mentioning the Three Joint Communiques ‘as if they were the Bible,’ former AIT director William Stanton said
Date: Jan 27, 2019
By: Stacy Hsu / Staff reporter
The US government should forgo all references to “one China” in the context of Taiwan-
related issues and policies, because the term is imprecise and misleading as Taiwan was never part of China, former American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) director William Stanton said yesterday.
Stanton, who headed the AIT’s Taipei office from 2009 to 2012, made the appeal during a speech on Taiwan-China policy in the US at a Taichung luncheon, which was organized by the Tai-Yang Cultural and Educational Foundation.
Taiwan was never part of China and the use of “one China,” which has always meant something different to Washington and Beijing, is inaccurate, misleading and confusing, Stanton said, adding that Washington should no longer say that it has a “one China” policy, as “that does not mean anything anymore.”
The US government should also refrain from mentioning the Three Joint Communiques “as if they were the Bible,” Stanton said. [FULL STORY]