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treaty n. pl. -ties. 1.a. A formal agreement between two or more states containing terms of trade, peace, alliance, or the like; a pact. b. A document embodying this. 2. Any contract or agreement. [Middle English tretee, from Old French traite, from Medieval Latin tractatus, from Latin, past participle of tractare, TREAT.
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CHINA: NEWS: Rep. Tom Tancredo's Taiwan Trouble

UPDATE April 12, 2005:

WASHINGTON, DC, February 16, 2005
— Article 6 of the USA Constitution states that any treaty made by the USA is the 'supreme law of the land.' Congressmen are sworn to uphold the constitution.

The Shanghai Communiqué and two other treaties between America and China declare unequivocally that Taiwan is part of China and that their separation shall be peacefully resolved by the Chinese people.

Yet Colorado's Rep. Tom Tancredo (Republican) and four other representatives introduced today a bill in the USA House of Representatives to recognize Taiwan and repudiate America's peace treaties with China.

This illegal act is deliberately designed to stir up confrontation with China just as the European Union is about to lift its outdated ban on arms sales to Beijing.

President Bush disapproves Europe's action but will do nothing. Tancredo and his cohorts want increased arms sales to Taiwan thus fueling tensions and helping to lay a path, cherished by neoconservative warmongers, for crisis in the Taiwan Straits.

Tancredo and his anti-China cohorts Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R - Florida), Chairman of the International Relations Subcommittee, Rep. Mark Souder (R- Indiana), Rep. Edolphus Towns (D - New York), and Rep. John Shimkus (R - Illinois), have committed an impeachable offense.

Americans can protest their actions by contacting their representatives in Congress and asking them to refer the matter to the House Judiciary Committee.

©Sinomania!, 2005

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Below is the result of your feedback form. It was submitted by ( on Monday, April 11, 2005 at 16:54:43
[ed. note: Mac Zimmerman is Legislative Director for Rep. Tom Tancredo]
ToEditor: Letter Feedback: Feedback Subject: taiwan trouble: email_content:

Interesting piece on your website about Tancredo and Taiwan. You erroneously insinuated however that the Shanghai Communiqué is somehow a treaty. It is not a treaty, and in fact was never in any way approved by either chamber of Congress. The communiqué, like the decision to sever ties with the ROC (Taiwan) and abrogate the very real treaty between the ROC and US, was a unilateral decision by one presidential administration that in no way binds any future administration. I'm sure you know this, and have no qualms about the basis for your story being patently untrue. Of course I don't expect you to be truthful in your "reporting" -- anymore than I expect truth out of Xinhua or any other communist propoganda organ.

Sinomania! Response:

Dear Mac Zimmerman:

Thank you for your comments.

Much depends on your definition of the word "treaty." It is true that a capital "T" treaty must be approved by a 2/3 majority in the USA Senate. Adherence to this pedantic definition, however, makes moot many of the international agreements, memorandums of understanding, assurances, "communiqués," and other instruments that direct United States foreign policy and ensure stability and peace in various parts of the world. A treaty after all is any formal agreement between two or more nations, relating to peace, alliance, trade, etc. All are equally treaties regardless of what the treaty is called.

It is well known that some in the Republican party currently view the One China policy an irrelevant "diplomatic contrivance" as Majority Leader Tom Delay has said. But it is still the foundation of USA-China relations. It is the legacy of peace left to us by President Nixon.

The State Department in its publication of Treaties in Force says "[t]he United States acknowledges the Chinese position that there is but one China and Taiwan is part of China." Further the Taiwan Relations Act states "the United States decision to establish diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China rests upon the expectation that the future of Taiwan will be determined by peaceful means" and considers "any effort to determine the future of Taiwan by other than peaceful means, including by boycotts or embargoes, a threat to the peace and security of the Western Pacific area and of grave concern to the United States."

Knowing full well China's claim of preemptive war to prevent Taiwan secession (or Taidu = Taiwan independence), Rep. Tancredo's bill can only be seen as a move to disrupt USA-China relations and endanger the region, in violation of the spirit of the law (if not the law itself).

For the record, I am not affiliated with Xinhua nor am I a "communist propoganda [sic] organ." Sinomania! is completely independent and receives no monies from any government. I am neither pro-China nor anti-Taiwan but only working to try to lift the curtain of ignorance that separates most Americans from Chinese.

I do believe American China policy is out-of-date and in need of new vision. But Tancredo's bill is not the way to go about it. I don't believe the Congressman and the Republican party are willing to support Taiwan independence at the risk of breaking relations with Beijing and creating an international crisis that could escalate into a nuclear conflict. I suspect the bill is just another cynical manipulation of public opinion to claim some sort of moral superiority over Beijing and the Republicans — including the President — who support the One China policy for political gain.

Yours truly,

Ben Calmes
Founder and Managing Director


Tom Tancredo of Colorado 6th Congressional District

Tom Tancredo (Republican) is USA Congress representative for the state of Colorado Sixth District. Email

Tancredo's political hobby horse is border security although his district is hundreds of miles from the nearest international border. He once referred to the United Nations as a "debating society" and has sponsored legislation that would forbid federal money to any organization that does not display the national flag, among other hot topics.

Tancredo loves to pose with guns although his hometown is internationally famous for the Columbine High School shootings.

Tancredo is planning a run for the Presidency in 2008.

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