November 2, 2001
a bipartisan letter initiated by Rep. David Wu (D-OR), ninety-six
House Members castigated the People's Republic of China for
"deliberately" preventing Taiwan's participation
in the recent APEC leaders' summit and asked President Bush
"to speak up on behalf of Taiwan at all appropriate opportunities
in the future, and urge the PRC to allow Taiwan to participate
as a full member of APEC, should any APEC meetings ever be
held in the PRC again."
lawmakers noted "that, as between the PRC and Taiwan,
only one government has the benefit of public approval
as expressed through democratic elections."
They also voiced their concern that the PRC's actions
"will not help reduce tensions between Taiwan and the
PRC and will certainly not help foster productive bilateral
talks across the Taiwan Strait.
The instability this creates does nothing to further
U.S. goals of ending terrorism, nor does it promote any improvement
in the economic environment in the region."
letter gives Congressional back up to President Bush's remarks
concerning Taiwan during his Shanghai meetings with Jiang
Zemin," stated Wu Ming-chi, FAPA's Acting President.
"A Reuters' 10/19 report quoted a 'senior aide'
as saying that President Bush 'strongly reaffirmed the U.S.
commitment to the Taiwan Relations Act, which allows the United
States to sell defensive military equipment to Taiwan and
declares peace and stability in the area are in U.S. interests.' The aide also said that Bush 'affirmed his belief that Taiwan
ought to be treated with respect.'"
this Congressional support in hand, I hope the Bush Administration
will block any PRC monkey business over Taiwan's entry into
the World Trade Organization next month," Wu concluded.
Oct. 19, the State Department praised Taiwan for the role
it has played in APEC and said that Taiwan's absence from
the APEC meeting "will be a loss for all participants."
State said that Washington does not see this "as
a precedent for future APEC meetings."
It also said that the United States "expects Taiwan
will attend next year's leaders' meetings" which will
be held in Mexico.