Inviting Tsai to speak to U.S. Congress is flawed: ex-AIT chair

The China Post
Date: Feb. 11, 2019
By: Rita Cheng and Evelyn Kao 

The U.S. Capitol Building Dome is seen before the sun rises in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

WASHINGTON (CNA) — A proposal by United States senators to invite Taiwan’s president, Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), to address a joint meeting of Congress is flawed because it would not be conducive to U.S. relations with China and would hurt Taiwan, former American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Chairman Richard Bush said.

“The first flaw in the proposal is that it is contrary to a fundamental principle of U.S. relations with China,” Bush, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and director of its Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies, wrote in an article posted on Feb. 10 on the institution’s website.

When the U.S. established diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China in 1979, it pledged that it would carry out substantive relations with Taiwan and its government on an unofficial basis, Bush wrote.

“If the president of Taiwan were to speak to a joint meeting of Congress, any U.S. claim that its relations with Taiwan were unofficial would ring completely hollow,” he wrote, adding that “although I cannot predict exactly what Beijing would do in response, a radical downgrading of the relationship would be likely.”    [FULL  STORY]

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