New Bilateral Communique Sought

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BEIJING, Aug. 31 (UPI) — A fourth U.S.-China communique is needed to make Washington stop selling arms to Taiwan, an opinion piece in the China Daily said Wednesday.

The piece — by Pang Guoping, professor of international laws at Southwest University of Political Science and Law in Chongqing in southwest China — said current bilateral relations are based on Three Communique, which, while recognizing there is one China, and Taiwan is a part of it, have made no “definitive conclusions … on U.S. arms sales to Taiwan.”

The three documents include the Feb. 28, 1972, Shanghai document establishing diplomatic relations between the countries; the April 10, 1979, Taiwan Relations Act signed by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter; and the Aug. 17, 1982, document on the Taiwan issue.

The article argued there have been dramatic global changes in the past 30 years, noting the “Soviet Union has disintegrated … the United States’ national strength is in decline, especially after the 2008 global financial crisis and the recent downgrading of its credit rating, and China has become the world’s second-largest economy.”

It said there have been great changes both inside Taiwan and in cross-Straits relations resulting in the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement.

“As a result, the Three Joint Communiques do not reflect the present cross-Straits relations. They do not reflect the changing strategic balance between China and the U.S.,” the article said.

Referring to U.S. congressional approval of the Taiwan Relations Act, which allows the Pentagon to sell arms, the China Daily article said “a country cannot use the differences in stipulations of its domestic law as an excuse not to fulfill its international obligations.”

Insisting the Taiwan question is China’s internal affair, the article reminded that in the Aug. 17, 1982, agreement, the United States had said it would not interfere in China’s internal affairs.

However, the article said, U.S. arms sales to Taiwan have increased year after year, ending with the approval of the $6 billion deal in January of last year.

“Therefore, it has become necessary for China and the U.S. to sign a fourth joint communique to make it binding on the U.S. to comply with the one-China policy, abolish the Taiwan Relations Act and stop selling arms to Taiwan, as well as to reinforce the previous three communiqués,” the article said.

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