Honorable George W. Bush
Pennsylvania Ave. NW
has come to our attention that the People’s Republic of China
(PRC) deliberately prevented Taiwan’s delegation from fully
participating in the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)
meetings in Shanghai.
Specifically, the PRC refused to invite Taiwan through
its designated representative to participate in the APEC summit
addition, the PRC purposely excluded Taiwan’s cabinet minister
from attending APEC’s “Anti-Terrorism” session.
It is clear to us that these actions serve no purpose
other than to belittle the status of Taiwan and its duly appointed
is a full member of APEC and has been a constructive participant
in every APEC conference for more than a decade.
Taiwan deserves all the courtesy and respect that a
host nation extends to each attending member.
We are disappointed in the PRC’s decision to disrupt
this important conference for the sake of its own political
With respect to the larger agenda, we believe that
it is important to note that, as between the PRC and Taiwan,
only one government has the benefit of public approval as
expressed through democratic elections.
Mr. President, the actions taken by the PRC will not
help reduce tensions between Taiwan and 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 of the region.
Now that the Shanghai APEC meeting is over, we urge
you 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.