Letter to Honorable Joseph Biden, President of the United States, Honorable Antony Blinken, Secretary of State and Mr. Jacob Sullivan, National Security Advisor - Hinson Leads Colleagues in Urging Admin to Reiterate U.S. Support for Taiwan at U.S.-China Summit
Dear President Biden, Secretary Blinken, and Advisor Sullivan:
We write to urge you to reiterate our nation's strong commitment to Taiwan against the threat of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in your upcoming meeting with Chinese operatives in Anchorage, Alaska, this Thursday, March 18, 2021. Taiwan has proven to be a reliable trading partner and a steadfast ally. Our relationship is even stronger today than it was in 1979 when the Taiwan Relations Act became law. As China continues to increase its military posturing and threats in the Indo-Pacific region, it is vital we stand strong against the CCP and make clear that the United States will defend and promote global democracy.
While the United States is focused on encouraging multilateralism in the South China Sea, China continuously undermines these efforts, engages in malign and aggressive activity in the Indo-Pacific region, and commits egregious human rights atrocities. China shamelessly demonstrates a blatant disregard for human rights and a lack of respect for international diplomacy. It commits horrific genocide against its own Uyghur population, attacks Hong Kong's democracy, engages in unwarranted combat at the India-China Line of Actual Control, and incessantly increases the militarization of the Taiwan Strait. Clearly, the CCP is not aligned with American interests or values. As we work to strengthen diplomatic and economic relations in the region, China abuses its economic power through coercive trade policies that aim to force vulnerable countries to alter their trade relationships with the U.S. These unfair practices directly hurt U.S. farmers and producers, as China treats them as pawns in its quest for global influence.
It is imperative that you stand up to China's attempts to dismantle democracy and reaffirm that U.S. support for Taiwan is non-negotiable. Taiwan has become one of our strongest allies over the past forty years; the Taiwan Relations Act and Six Assurances demonstrate the unwavering, bipartisan support of this important relationship. Taiwan has proven its commitment to the United States time after time, most recently by removing barriers to trade to create an important market for U.S. agriculture producers and communicating its desire to engage in security issues in the South China Sea.
We would like to commend you and the leaders of Japan, Australia, and India on your quadrilateral cooperation, particularly as it pertains to our joint effort to combat the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. We respectfully suggest you welcome the important perspective of allies in the Indo-Pacific region, such as Taiwan, while you continue these discussions. Taiwan, which provided the U.S. with direct support through personal protective equipment donations at the beginning of the pandemic, would be a valuable voice at the international table.
Thank you for your display of support for Taiwan thus far during your time in office. We stand ready to work closely with you to defend American values and the interests of our allies and partners.