With the incoming Democratic leadership taking control in January, Representative Ted Yoho is stepping down as the head of the U.S. House Asia and the Pacific Subcommittee. However, he’s still focusing on issues relating to Taiwan.
In an opinion piece published in the Taipei Times, Yoho reinforces his support for Taiwan against the communist regime in China, saying that “A high-ranking member of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) visited my office for a friendly discussion about the numerous difficulties in US-China relations. We talked about a number of issues — some of them very difficult — but even in that informal setting, Taiwan was a non-negotiable ‘core interest’ of the party, with no place in the discussion. The US should no longer accept these terms when talking to China. If we accept the false narrative that Taiwan is somehow ‘off-limits,’ we are implicitly accepting the party’s lie that Taiwan’s status is a domestic matter, and we are contributing to Taiwan’s marginalization.”
In the piece, Yoho stressed how important Taiwan is to America’s economy, detailing that “Taiwan is one of the US’ largest trading partners, a leader in high-tech manufacturing and a model contributor to the international community, with an especially distinguished record in public health crises. With overwhelming bipartisan consensus, the US Congress passed the veto-proof Taiwan Relations Act to defend Taiwan from invasion and to protect its de facto sovereignty — creating a 40-year alliance relationship in all but name. The CCP tries to obscure this reality, because Taiwan’s existence is a threat to the party’s hold on power. The party stokes grievances against former colonial powers to shore up its legitimacy. Admitting the independent success of a place once ruled by Imperial Japan would undercut the party’s false version of modern Chinese history, in which the party saved China from colonial abuse.”
In recent years, the sunshine state representative has grown as a champion of Taiwan, and he’s grown vocal of the Chinese government reminiscent to Senator Marco Rubio’s own efforts to bring awareness to China’s actions.
Yoho is also rumored to be taking over as head of the U.S. House Foreign Affairst Committee.
He added, “The U.S.-Taiwan partnership remains unwavering. I continue to encourage the administration to demonstrate this commitment by fully implementing the Taiwan Travel Act, beginning with a cabinet-level visit to Taiwan as soon as possible.”