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FAPA writes to Ambassador Portman


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The Hon. Rob Portman                                                           February 16, 2006

Att. Ms. Lise Sacket

600 17th Street, N.W.

Washington, DC 20508

United States of America


Dear Trade Representative Portman:

I write to you today as an old friend of yours and as the current president of the Formosan Association for Public Affairs (FAPA) to applaud the remarks you made on February 15 during a press conference where you released the results of a USTR review of U.S.-China trade relations, and to ask for your help with an issue of great concern to Taiwanese Americans and the people of Taiwan.

During the press conference, you stated that the lack of equity in the US-China trade relationship is “due in part to China's failure to honor certain commitments, including its failure to enforce intellectual property rights, its protection and support for certain domestic industries, and its refusal to fulfill certain market opening commitments.”

We appreciate your courage to state the truth as the leader of a super power and appreciate your willingness to balance justifiably between US business interests and US strategic interests.

I would like to take this opportunity to also ask for your help.

On February 15, Rep. Robert Andrews introduced HCR342 concluding that it is the sense of the Congress that— (1) the President should make the conclusion of a free trade agreement between the United States and Taiwan one of the top priorities of the United States when initiating bilateral free trade agreements with foreign countries; and (2) the President should foster the expansion of trade opportunities with Taiwan by instructing the United States Trade Representative to expedite negotiations on a free trade agreement between the United States and Taiwan. (See: enclosure for full bill text.)

As you know, Taiwan is a gateway to Asia and America’s 8th largest trading partner, creating some US$64 billion in two-way trade per year.  Studies by the US International Trade Commission show that US exports to Taiwan would grow at a rate of approximately 16% per year if and when an FTA is concluded.

Taiwan is also a major player in the IT and computer sector (some 80% of all laptops in the world are manufactured in Taiwan), as well as an upcoming player in areas such as biotechnology and nanotechnology. Partnering with Taiwan companies would give a competitive edge to US R&D in those areas.

Taiwanese Americans and the people of Taiwan would be very grateful if you would support this effort for the broader US national interest such as security and prosperity in the Asian Pacific region.

Not only would the U.S. and Taiwan benefit from the conclusion of a bilateral Free Trade Agreement, your support for such an agreement would give enormous encouragement to the 23 million people of Taiwan whose democracy is fragile and whose freedom is threatened continuously.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely yours,

C.T. Lee


Formosan Association for Public Affairs

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