Congressional Republicans introduced a measure to ban federal agencies from referring to Taiwan by the name used by Communist China — “Chinese Taipei.”
The bill was introduced by Reps. Byron Donalds (R-FL), Keith Self (R-TX), Barry Moore (R-AL), and Tom Tiffany (R-WI) along with Del. James Moylan of Guam. It is called the “Taiwan Identification Terminology and Label Enhancement Act,” or TITLE Act.
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Beijing holds the belief that the democratic island nation is merely a breakaway region that will be returned to mainland control — by force if necessary.
Passage of the bill would require federal agencies to ditch “Chinese Taipei” and use the correct Taiwan within 14 days.
Donalds in particular is a fierce critic of congressional appeasers who spent years “pretending that Taiwan is not an independent nation.” He asserted that Taiwan is not under the thumb of the Chinese Communist Party and should be treated as any other diplomatic partner.
He and other Republicans earlier this year called for an end to the U.S. “One China Policy.” This allows for political engagement with Taiwan while acknowledging that it is part of mainland China.
In the latest proposal from Donalds and his allies, Republicans asserted that Communist-dominated China “seeks to control Taiwan through means of persuasion and coercion, and potentially compellence.”
Beijing during the Biden administration has used excuses such as diplomatic visits by politicians to stage aggressive displays of force against the nation. China utterly rejects Taiwan’s sovereignty, claiming it is ruled by “separatists.”
The TITLE Act noted that China refers to Taiwan as a “region” and says its president is merely “the leader of the Taiwan region.” It called these designations by communist officials a “mistaken view.”
Rep. Donalds and the proposal’s other backers noted that many Taiwanese citizens regard “Chinese Taipei” as an oppressive symbol.
In response to the proposed measure, Chinese Embassy spokesman Liu Pengyu told the Daily Caller that “Taiwan is an inalienable part of China’s territory.” He called “independence forces” and foreign actors the greatest threat to regional peace.
Liu further claimed that peaceful reunification is the objective, but Beijing has “the right to take all necessary measures” in regard to its unity and sovereignty.