Nancy Pelosi embarks from plane in inflammatory visit to Taiwan in August. [Source:]

Nixon’s One China Policy Recognized Taiwan as Being Part of China

[Geoff Young is the Democratic Party’s nominee for Congress in Kentucky’s sixth Congressional district. Below is a letter he wrote to Attorney General Merrick Garland—Editors.]

Geoff Young
Democratic Nominee for Congress
Kentucky’s 6th Congressional District
2430 Millbrook Drive
Lexington, KY 40503
(859) 278-4966
Campaign website:

September 20, 2022

Attorney General Merrick Garland
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001

Dear Attorney General Garland:

I believe that several sitting members of the U.S. House and Senate have violated the Logan Act of 1799 by visiting Taiwan during the past 12 months. Two of them would be House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and my Republican opponent, Andy Barr (KY-6). The pertinent paragraph of the act reads as follows:

Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.

In the First U.S.-China Joint Communique in 1972, President Nixon, representing the United States, wrote that the United States “acknowledges that all Chinese on either side of the Taiwan Strait maintain there is but one China and that Taiwan is a part of China.” That is the One-China Policy, and it has never been superseded by a new treaty signed by both China and the U.S.

For approximately the past twelve months, the United States has had no coherent or understandable Taiwan policy at all. President Joe Biden has repeatedly said that the United States would send troops to Taiwan to defend its government if China were to invade Taiwan; but the President’s national security team immediately walks back all such statements and announces to the American people that no, our One-China Policy is unchanged and the United States continues to refuse to say whether or not we will send troops to Taiwan to defend its government if China were to invade Taiwan. That is known as the U.S. policy of “strategic ambiguity.” As a result of these mixed messages coming from the Executive Branch, no one on earth knows for sure what the Taiwan policy of the United States is today.

Richard Nixon with Zhou Enlai during his historic trip to China. [Source:]

In the absence of any coherent new policy, we, the American people, the government of China, the government of Taiwan, and all of the other governments and peoples of the world must assume that America’s One-China Policy and the associated policy of strategic ambiguity are still in effect. We must assume that “the measures of the United States,” per the Logan Act of 1799, are still the One-China Policy and the associated policy of strategic ambiguity.

If a coherent policy can be likened to a living, breathing, ten-month-old pig, it would be meaningless to say that it has been replaced, in its entirety, by a dozen pork chops cut from a dozen different four-month-old, previously-butchered pigs. America’s Taiwan Policy today is like a dozen pork chops.

Although I’m not a lawyer, it seems to me that the Logan Act of 1799 cannot be applied against the President of the United States, the Secretary of State, or any of the unnamed White House officials who have been walking back President Biden’s statements about Taiwan for the past year or so. But it can certainly be applied against all of the members of the U.S. House and Senate who have visited Taiwan over the past twelve months. China has vigorously protested every one of those visits in the strongest possible terms, has conducted numerous military exercises near Taiwan, and has made it clear for decades that it will never allow Taiwan to break away from China, even if it must use military force to prevent it.

Get out!' Civic groups, politicians, industry representatives in Taiwan  protest Pelosi's visit - Global Times
Local protest against Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan. [Source:]

The dispute between Washington and Beijing over the future of Taiwan might be the most heated dispute in the world today—even hotter, perhaps, than Washington’s undeclared proxy war against Russia in Ukraine. It is essential that ignorant, reckless, misinformed members of the U.S. House and Senate do not trigger a fateful blow-up in and near Taiwan by making unauthorized trips and statements that enrage 1.4 billion Chinese people and their government.

I don’t think there have been any violations of the Logan Act in the past 223 years that have been as bad as the violations committed by all of the Senators and House members who have visited Taiwan in the last twelve months. Please immediately assign a tough, experienced prosecutor to this case, indict all of the violators, and seek their conviction and imprisonment for three years.

Virtually no investigation is needed. In order to get votes in their home districts, all of the violators have boasted in public about their visits to Taiwan, and the State Department should require no more than 30 minutes to provide you all with a complete list. Getting all of these alleged felons convicted should be a slam dunk.

Yours in Peace,

Geoffrey M. Young

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  1. Donald Trump has violated hundreds of Acts and Merrick Garland has yet to charge Donald with any crimes. So,,it is unlikely that he will do anything about Nancy Pelosi.

    • Dear harris789, the fact that you don’t think Attorney General Merrick Garland is likely to indict all of the US House and Senate members who have recklessly visited Taiwan in the last 12 months is not a reason why I should withdraw my request or demand that he do so.

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