‘My first Congress … I was the sole sponsor. We had 30 sponsors last session, and now we have 50 in this session of Congress.’
Congressman Tom Tiffany (R-Wis.) has seen growing Republican support for a resolution he’s sponsored to end the so-called “One-China” principle and recognize Taiwan as a separate independent country.
“My first Congress that I was here, I introduced this, and I was the sole sponsor. We had 30 sponsors last session, and now we have 50 in this session of Congress,” Mr. Tiffany told NTD’s “Capitol Report” on Wednesday. “So it really shows that members of Congress are becoming more and more aware of the threat of China.”
Taiwan governs itself as an independent nation, but the People’s Republic of China (PRC) considers the island a part of its territory. The PRC refers to this position as the “One-China” principle. Throughout the history of this dispute over territorial control, the United States has maintained an ambiguous position on the matter.
“We need to have an administration that’s going to be strong enough to stand up and say that we are going to support Taiwan,” Mr. Tiffany said.
The Wisconsin Republican credited House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for visiting Taiwan last year and said some of Democrats “have shown some strength” on the Taiwan issue, but expressed uncertainty as to whether President Joe Biden would stand against the PRC on that issue.
Some Caution Against Antagonizing China
While Mr. Tiffany has seen growing support for his resolution to recognize Taiwanese independence, some proponents of the existing U.S. policy on Taiwan say it is the best means available for avoiding a direct bloody conflict with China.
“Rather than dissuade the PRC from acting, Pelosi almost certainly has accelerated what is likely to become a political and economic crisis, and which could easily turn into a military crisis,” Mr. Bandow wrote. “Washington cannot expect Beijing to back down: Taiwan matters far more to China, its people as well as leaders, than America. The PRC consequently will spend and risk much more.”
Republicans Push Tougher China Stance
In addition to Mr. Tiffany’s resolution to declare strategic clarity on the Taiwan issue and fully recognize Taiwanese independence, other Republicans who recently spoke with NTD News called for the United States to be more willing to challenge China on a range of issues.
Speaking with “Capitol Report” on Thursday, Rep. Don Bacon (R-Neb). said the United States should “modernize our nuclear forces” and “build up our alliances” to counter China’s growing military power.
Mr. Bacon said the United States shouldn’t seek a war with China and predicted a full economic decoupling between the two nations is unlikely, but said the United States could do more to “de-risk” U.S.–China trade relations and warn U.S. firms to be wary of intellectual property theft when working with China.
“We’ve got to remember, they’re not a state that shares our values, and we need to be clear about that with them and the world. You know, they want to expand trade with their neighbors, but we’ve got to remind their neighbors what China is doing to its own people,” Mr. Bacon said.
In a separate interview with “Capitol Report,” Rep. Harriet Hageman (R-Wyo.) specifically criticized President Joe Biden, saying he looked weak while meeting with Chinese Communist Party leader Xi Jinping this week.
“I’m not very impressed with the way that our president is conducting himself right now. It is rather stunning to me how weak he appears,” Ms. Hageman told “Capitol Report” on Wednesday.
She said President Biden should have more readily confronted Mr. Xi on issues like Chinese intellectual property theft and the flow of Chinese-produced fentanyl into the United States.