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  Petition Letter for HCR 381. 


Dear Member of Congress:

I write to you today to ask for your help with the following important issue.

In early May Taiwan’s President Chen Shui-bian’s requested the United States that he could transit in the United States on his way to Costa Rica and Paraguay. Beijing immediately urged the United States to deny President Chen’s request. Ultimately, Washington offered no more than refueling facilities in Anchorage and/or Hawaii - a substantial downgrade compared with previous US transits when he was allowed to spend a few days in the country, hold meetings and give speeches.

I believe that we should work towards lifting all restrictions on high level visits from Taiwan including the President. This would have several benefits for both the United States and our friend Taiwan. First, we would for once and for all eradicate the necessity of complex, lengthy and, truly, humiliating-for-Taiwan negotiations about where and when President Chen would be able to refuel or travel in the United States. Secondly, being able to hear first-hand from Taiwanese officials would promote a balanced understanding of both sides of the Taiwan Strait issue for Congress, the Administration and the American public. Thirdly, we would reduce the ability of Beijing to politicize our valid relations with Taiwan . Finally, and perhaps most importantly, we would extend to the President of Taiwan --and thus to the people of Taiwan --the respect and dignity they deserve.

On April 6, co-chairs of the Congressional Taiwan Caucus Steve Chabot (R-OH) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) introduced HCR381 concluding that: “All restrictions on visits by high-level elected and appointed officials of Taiwan to the United States, including the democratically elected president of Taiwan, should be lifted.”

Please contact Kevin Fitzpatrick at 225-2216 ( to co-sponsor this important resolution.

It is my sincere belief that the United States needs to do a better job in nurturing and protecting the fragile democracy in Taiwan. We can start doing that by communicating directly with President Chen.

Thank you very much for your support for Taiwan!


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