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suspicious incidents have implicated the Philippines, the Soviet Union and Cuba, among others. And it is not always clear that U.S. authorities are doing everything they can to discourage such activity. There is a predisposition to give such episodes low priority, particularly if diplomatic repercussions might result from a tough stand.
Yet such escapades are an affront to both public order and the U.S. reputation as a haven of freedom; they ought to be taken seriously, especially by an administration that professes devotion to law and order. We especially need to learn whether agents capable of the suspected deed still are operating in the U.S. The place to start is with a strong effort to unravel the disappearance of Zhang Zheng-gao, the suicide of Zhang Xin and the murder of Mr. Liu. Without prejudging any of the cases, serious investigations would give would-be foreign intimidators the message that the U.S. really is a refuge for the ideals of freedom.
Mr. SOLARZ. Well, you have made some very productive suggestions which we will examine very closely. We certainly will pursue these matters further with the relevant agencies of our own Government.
We obviously had one case of extreme intimidation which took place not too long ago which was the subject of today's hearing and we clearly don't want anything else like it to happen in the future.
If there is any way that Congress can help to prevent such acts of intimidation in the future, I am sure it would receive a very sympathetic response here on the Hill.
Let me thank you very much for sharing your thoughts on this subject with us. I have read your writings particularly on the war powers resolution, and especially the footnotes that deal with my own questions on the issue, with great interest.
I think you are the first person that ever put my participation in the Congress in a scholarly article, for which I will always be grateful. I hope it won't be the last such time, but you never can tell. In any case, thank you very much, Mr. Glennon, for coming.
Let me conclude the hearing by saying once again to Mrs. Liu how grateful we are for your willingness to come and to remain to the end. Let me assure you that the matter has not ended with our action today. I suspect that the resolution will be brought up in the full committee when we meet after the congressional recess.
Hopefully, the authorities in Taiwan, by delivering the individuals who have been accused in our own judicial process to the United States, will make the matter moot. We are not interested in passing a resolution, for the sake of passing a resolution, but it is a way of indicating the great concern of Congress over what happened to your husband and our firm determination to ensure that justice is done in this matter.
The hearing is adjourned.
THE MURDER OF HENRY LIU
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 1985
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS,
Washington, DC. The subcommittee met in open markup session at 4:15 p.m., in room 2172, Rayburn House Office Building, Hon. Stephen J. Solarz (chairman of the subcommittee) presiding.
Mr. SOLARZ. The subcommittee will now proceed to consideration of House Concurrent Resolution 49, and I would like to ask staff to distribute copies of the resolution to the members of the subcommittee, if they don't already have one, and if our staff associate, Mr. Bush, can read the text of the resolution we can proceed.
Mr. Bush (reading):
House Concurrent Resolution 49 expressing the sense of the Congress that the Taiwan authorities should cooperate fully in the case of Henry Liu by delivering to the United States for trial those citizens of Taiwan charged by authorities in the United States in connection with the murder of Henry Liu.
Mr. SOLARZ. I ask unanimous consent that the text of the resolution be considered as read and open to amendment at any point. [House Concurrent Resolution 49 follows:]
[H. Con. Res. 49, 99th Congress, 1st Session] CONCURRENT RESOLUTION Expressing the sense of the Congress that the
Taiwan authorities should cooperate fully in case of Henry Liu by delivering to the United States for trial those citizens of Taiwan charged by authorities in the United States in connection with the murder of Henry Liu
Whereas Henry Liu, a United States citizen of Chinese ancestry, was murdered in Dale City, California, on October 15, 1984;
Whereas certain citizens of Taiwan have been, and others may be, charged by authorities in the United States in connection with this crime; and
Whereas both the cause of justice and sound American relations with the people on Taiwan will best be served if the individuals charged with committing this crime in the United States are tried in courts in the United States: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That it is the sense of the Congress that the Taiwan authorities should cooperate fully in case of Henry Liu by delivering to the United States for trial those citizens of Taiwan charged by authorities in the United States in connection with the murder of Henry Liu.
Mr. SOLARZ. Hearing no objection, I know the gentleman from New York, Mr. Solomon, has an amendment. Before he does, I would just like to offer one or two thoughts about this resolution.
Listening to the testimony of Mrs. Liu, it struck me that in a certain sense, no greater tribute to America could have been paid than was paid by the fact, according to her testimony, that Henry
Liu felt completely secure in the territory of the United States. Here was a man who was engaged in a form of what might perhaps be characterized as polemical journalism, in which he was frequently critical of the Government of Taiwan to the point where for 16 years he was apparently afraid to go to Taiwan out of fear of what might happen to him.
But here on the soil of the United States, he felt completely free and secure. What a tribute that is to the greatness of A that we have a country in which people have this sense of security, where they can speak out and criticize not only their own but foreign governments, no matter how powerful, no matter how ruthless, no matter how repressive those they criticize may be, and feel secure that they will not in any way be harmed while they are in the United States, because of what they have said or written.
I think it is terribly important for us as a Congress and as a Government to act in ways to make sure that Henry Liu shall not have died in vain, because what is really at stake here is not just the question of whether justice will be done in the case of Henry Liu. What is really at stake here is whether millions of other Americans will continue to feel the same sense of freedom, security, and confidence that Henry Liu felt while he lived. It seems to me, in light of the tragedy which befell Henry Liu, that it requires an affirmative response on the part of the United States.
I am pleased that the administration has been conducting, through the FBI, an investigation into this affair. I am pleased that they have requested the deliverance of the two men who have so far been criminally charged by the authorities in California with responsibility for the murder of Henry Liu. The resolution before us this afternoon would lend the weight, the authority, the stature, the significance, the resolution of the U.S. Congress to the representations that have already been made to the Republic of China concerning the desire of the United States to have those accused of involvement in the murder of Mr. Liu delivered to our country. We cannot be certain that the adoption of this resolution will
their deliverance but surely it will require the authorities on Taiwan to take even more seriously the representations which have been already made to this effect by the Department of State on behalf of the U.S. Government.
This resolution is cosponsored by our distinguished ranking minority member, Mr. Leach, as well as by Mr. Lantos, in whose district this murder took place, by Mr. Torricelli, another very distinguished member of our committee, and by Mr. Mineta, who led off the hearing with the testimony we heard some time ago. I commend the resolution to the members for their very sympathetic consideration. Mr. Solomon. Mr. SOLOMON. I offered an amendment.
Mr. LEACH. I would like to stress this is a resolution that is suprisingly modest. It has the support of the administration, although the terms of Mr. Solarz is somewhat tepid, but I think it reflects 100 percent administration policy, and therefore can be considered to be not only bipartisan from a committee point of view but institutional-executive-legislative-one as well. As such, I think deserves unanimous support of this subcommittee.
Mr. SOLOMON. I would offer up my amendment No. 2 which was distributed earlier and ask that I be permitted to speak on it.
Mr. SOLARZ. Well, with the permission of the gentleman from New York, we will retitle amendment No. 2 amendment No. 1 since no other amendment has been offered. Will our staff associate please read the amendment?
Mr. Bush. Amendment offered by Mr. Solomon. Following line 6, add the following new sentence: And it is further the sense of the Congress that appropriate authorities in both the United States and Taiwan should negotiate an extradition treaty, or some other formal arrangement regarding extradition procedures.
Mr. SOLOMON. Mr. Chairman, this amendment is very simple, as you have just read, and I trust, noncontroversial. All it seeks to do is rectify what has been identified in this markup as a serious deficiency in the legal framework that governs relations between the United States and Taiwan.
That is too bad that we have these problems. We never should have derecognized Taiwan in the first place, but that is another subject.
The authorities in Taiwan have made a good-faith effort to establish a legal and orderly extradition procedure with the United States, but it has been our Government, in my opinion, that has dragged its feet on this matter.
Now we come to a situation where such an arrangement would have been most helpful to all of us. But no such arrangement exists.
I believe the adoption of this one additional sentence in the resolution would be a clear signal to the authorities in Taiwan that we in the Congress take this whole matter of extradition quite seriously.
In any event, I can assure all of you that the Taiwan representatives here in Washington have given me emphatic assurances that no stone will be left unturned in getting to the bottom of this most tragic and really regrettable incident.
I believe the record should show that the Government of the Republic of China first notified our Government of the arrests that were made in connection with this case back in November 1974, the first word that we had had 5 days after the arrests were made in Taiwan. That is also 12 days before an arrest was made here in the United States.
At no time has our Government given any indication that the authorities in Taiwan have been less than responsible or uncooperative in the ongoing investigation.
On January 22, 1985, the FBI agents sent to Taipei in connection with this case were given full access to any and all information that they requested at that time.