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house Bill H.R. 2002

Should U.S.-Taiwan Relations be Enhanced?

Argument in favor

The U.S. relationship with Taiwan is based on shared values of democracy and respect for the rule of law. It’s important for the U.S. to deepen its relationship with Taiwan in order to afford Taiwanese diplomats proper respect and support Taiwan against China’s aggression.

Jim2423's Opinion
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05/06/2019
We are all well aware China would love to get Formosa back. Similar to getting Hong Kong returned. The only difference is Hong Kong was under British rule and Formosa is Independent. We have been together since the end of WWII. So yes renew our alliance.
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burrkitty's Opinion
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05/06/2019
The one China policy is idiotic and always has been. It has been OVER A HUNDRED YEARS FFS! It’s in flagrant denial of reality to think that those two countries are EVER getting back together without a full war. Just like North and South Korea. Both China and Taiwan need to accept that their relationship has changed and move on. Taiwan is its own country. China is too. In 2015 President Xi met the island’s then-president, Ma Ying-jeou, for what would have looked to innocent eyes very much like a bilateral summit of heads of state. And China looks the other way, albeit with some fulmination, when America sells arms to Taiwan—a traffic which, in 1982, America said it would phase out, but continues to this day. We all know they are not getting back together. Denialism gets everyone nowhere really fast. I don’t support continuing this fictional story of “One China” Taiwan is NOT China and China is NOT Taiwan. Yes they have a history, but we also used to be British. Things change.
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Steve's Opinion
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05/06/2019
Taiwan needs to be recognized as an individual nation with sovereign rights the same as other countries. They can then resolve their own issues with the PRC.
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Argument opposed

Deepening the U.S.-Taiwan relationship risks adding further strain to the U.S.-China relationship at a key time in negotiations to come to an agreement to end the current trade dispute between the U.S. and China.

Kodiwodi's Opinion
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05/06/2019
Is there any flipping country with which the US won’t risk war? Now this administration wants to piss off China even more than they have already. Whether you call it Formosa or Liúqiú, Taiwan is still officially named the Republic of China and has been for decades. I would agree with this if the bill was to improve our trade relationship but that is not it’s intent. This is about arms sales! This is about the US getting a strategic military advantage in the ROC to be in readiness for attacks involving the People’s Republic of China. The US only wants to continue the dispute over who owns this country although this was settled in the 70’s, through more military solutions. Do we honestly believe mainland China won’t object and respond? This will only give China more reason to try out their million man army to the regret of the US and Taiwan. How about diplomacy with all involved.
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Hillary's Opinion
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05/06/2019
The US needs to improve its relations with every country. Taiwan has been a trade partner. The US should be doing what it can to ensure workers rights there and everywhere we trade.
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Steve's Opinion
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05/06/2019
No, it would make negotiating with China in the future alot more difficult and potentially impossible.
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bill Progress


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      Committee on Foreign Affairs
    IntroducedApril 1st, 2019
    We are all well aware China would love to get Formosa back. Similar to getting Hong Kong returned. The only difference is Hong Kong was under British rule and Formosa is Independent. We have been together since the end of WWII. So yes renew our alliance.
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    Is there any flipping country with which the US won’t risk war? Now this administration wants to piss off China even more than they have already. Whether you call it Formosa or Liúqiú, Taiwan is still officially named the Republic of China and has been for decades. I would agree with this if the bill was to improve our trade relationship but that is not it’s intent. This is about arms sales! This is about the US getting a strategic military advantage in the ROC to be in readiness for attacks involving the People’s Republic of China. The US only wants to continue the dispute over who owns this country although this was settled in the 70’s, through more military solutions. Do we honestly believe mainland China won’t object and respond? This will only give China more reason to try out their million man army to the regret of the US and Taiwan. How about diplomacy with all involved.
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    The one China policy is idiotic and always has been. It has been OVER A HUNDRED YEARS FFS! It’s in flagrant denial of reality to think that those two countries are EVER getting back together without a full war. Just like North and South Korea. Both China and Taiwan need to accept that their relationship has changed and move on. Taiwan is its own country. China is too. In 2015 President Xi met the island’s then-president, Ma Ying-jeou, for what would have looked to innocent eyes very much like a bilateral summit of heads of state. And China looks the other way, albeit with some fulmination, when America sells arms to Taiwan—a traffic which, in 1982, America said it would phase out, but continues to this day. We all know they are not getting back together. Denialism gets everyone nowhere really fast. I don’t support continuing this fictional story of “One China” Taiwan is NOT China and China is NOT Taiwan. Yes they have a history, but we also used to be British. Things change.
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    Taiwan needs to be recognized as an individual nation with sovereign rights the same as other countries. They can then resolve their own issues with the PRC.
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    Recognize. Treaty.
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    Absolutely. China needs to understand we support democracy, not communism.
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    With the growing threat of China strengthening our relationships with not only Taiwan, India and other countries is vital to countering China’s growing threat. I’m fully supporting this bill. #MAGA
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    China will try to do the same crap it did in Hong Kong. They promised the U.K. they would maintain democratic norms and then clamped down. Taiwan does not want to return to China which is why they left China in the first place.
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    The US needs to improve its relations with every country. Taiwan has been a trade partner. The US should be doing what it can to ensure workers rights there and everywhere we trade.
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    Even though establishing closer relations with Taiwan will certainly get on China’s nerves, we need to recognize that Taiwan is a legitimate country separate from China. There’s no reason to not develop a closer relationship with the ROC. Unfortunately, many countries across the world along with China prefer to deny the reality that Taiwan is its own sovereign nation, but we shouldn’t be a part of this nonsense.
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    We should fully establish diplomatic relations with Taiwan. Taiwan is our friend, and China is our adversary.
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    If there can be a democratic and a Communist Korea then there can be a democratic and a Communist China. However, the ideal is democracy in all cases.
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    This would be, however, anti-China.
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    We need to come out of Chinese dominance around the world and this is one good step forward to that end.
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    No, it would make negotiating with China in the future alot more difficult and potentially impossible.
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    Taiwan is the only Free China. Mainland China is not our friend.
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    Ideally, we should strive to enhance international relationships whenever and wherever possible, but not just out of strategic importance.
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    Yes, they are a very important ally
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    AYE!!! TAIWAN DESERVES OUR SUPPORT !!!!
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    Taiwan is a thriving democracy and deserves our support. The communist party took over mainland China but could not take the portion now known as Taiwan. We should not award aggression by giving them the rest. Support a strong Taiwan.
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