Relations with China
• avoid imposing economic sanctions against China even for narrowly defined objectives, since such measures will undermine permanent normal trade relations (PNTR); • reject the proposed Taiwan Security Enhancement Act; • urge the executive branch to be more responsive to Taiwan's requests to purchase defensive weapons systems; • urge the executive branch to treat China as a normal great power, not as either a “strategic partner” or a probable adversary; and • recognize that advancing economic freedom in China has had positive effects on civil society and personal freedom for the Chinese people.
U.S.-Chinese relations have become increasingly unpredictable. Just two years ago, both governments spoke of a “strategic partnership” and sought ways to enhance already substantial economic and political ties. The bombing of the Chinese embassy in Belgrade, the release of the Cox report alleging systematic nuclear espionage by the People's Republic of China (PRC), and angry Chinese reactions to both developments, however, have produced a new round of tensions.
So, too, did the publication of China's White Paper in February 2000 and its expanded threat to use force against Taiwan if the Taiwanese authorities continue to refuse to negotiate about reunification. Beijing's saber rattling in the weeks leading up to Taiwan's presidential election and the warlike tone that is still found in the publications of the People's Liberation Army are also ominous developments. On the positive side, passage of the U.S.-China Relations Act of 2000 (H.R. 4444) by the 106th Congress will further open China's markets, increase U.S.-Chinese trade,