DHARAMSALA, 30 July: The US House of Representatives has passed a bill forbidding the use of any funds to create or procure maps depicting Taiwan as part of the People’s Republic of China.
The fiscal year 2022 State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations bill with an amendment prohibiting “expenditure of funds to create, procure or display maps that depict Taiwan as part of the People’s Republic of China,” has been approved by the lawmakers with 217 to 212 votes on Wednesday.
“This is a common-sense measure we all know that Taiwan has never been part of communist China,” Rep. who was among the five Republican representatives to introduce the amendment in the house has said after the lawmakers passed the bill.
He has further stated that “the Taiwanese people elect their own leaders, raise their own armed forces, conduct their own foreign policy, and maintain their own international trade agreements.”
“By every measure, Taiwan is a sovereign, democratic and independent country. Any claims to the contrary are simply false.”
The congressman further condemned Beijing’s one china policy and stated that policy followed by the U.S. since the 1970s is “Beijing’s bogus argument that Taiwan is part of communist China.”
He concluded by calling for the dishonest policy to be abandoned.
The bill now needs to be approved by the US Senate after which, it will then be sent to President Joe Biden to be signed into law.