Writes Albright on VP Visit
immediate release September 20, 2000
Asks State Department
Reconsider Lu New York Stop
a 9/18 letter, Senator Robert Torricelli (D-NJ) asked Secretary
of State Madeleine Albright to reconsider Taiwan's Vice-President
Annette Lu's request for a transit stop in New York at the
end of September. If the State Department's denial of such
a stop "cannot be reversed, I would appreciate a full
explanation of the reasons for the decision and the guidelines
that your Department intends to use in future cases of this
type," Torricelli stated.
has now established a model democracy which deserves the
full attention and support of the United States as it faces
the political challenge of dealing with the People's Republic
of China," Torricelli argued. "One way to demonstrate
the commitment of our government to Taiwan is by treating
Taiwan's leaders with the recognition and respect they deserve.
Allowing Ms. Lu the courtesy of making a transit stop in
New York would be a gesture of respect which would have
no adverse affects on relations with any other nation,"
certainly deserves respect for its transition to democracy,
but the issue cuts even deeper," stated Chen Wen-yen,
FAPA President. "U.S. policy respects both sides of
the Taiwan Strait, insists that any resolution of the Taiwan
issue must be mutually acceptable and, in President Clinton's
words, have the assent of the people of Taiwan. PRC President
Jiang Zemin just held a full scale meeting with President
Clinton in New York to explain the People's Republic of
China's views on cross-strait relations. Taiwan's President
Chen Shui-bian, and other high officials in this democratic
government, should also have the opportunity to explain
the views of the people of Taiwan, both to policy makers
and the American public. We don't just want to see carefully
cordoned off 'transit stops' for Taiwan's leaders but full
scale visits where the voice of the Taiwan side of the Strait
can be heard."
supports House Resolution 401, which has 23 co-sponsors
led by Reps. Sam Gejdenson (D-CT) and Ben Gilman (R-NY).
The resolution concludes: "That it is the sense
of the Congress that (1) it is in the interest of the Congress
and the executive branch of the United States to communicate
directly with elected and appointed top officials of Taiwan,
including its democratically elected president; and (2)
the United States should revise, with a view toward reducing,
restrictions on high-level visits by these officials of
Taiwan to the United States."
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Honorable Madeleine K. Albright
States Department of State
C Street, NW
am writing to ask that you reconsider the State Department's
decision to deny a transit visa to Taiwan's Vice-President
Annette Lu to allow her to stop in New York during her upcoming
trip to Central America. It is my understanding the Vice-President
Lu would like to stopover in New York from September 30
to October 1 to facilitate her travel and to allow her to
meet informally with certain private U.S. citizens and residents.
a visa to Vice-President Lu would be consistent with past
State Department practice. Several officials of Taiwan,
including Ms. Lu's predecessor as Vice-President, have been
permitted in recent years to visit New York during their
overseas trips. In my view, officials of the new Democratic
Progressive Party administration, which took office in May,
should be accorded the same courtesies as officials of the
previous KMT administration.
election on March 18, 2000 of the DPP's Chen Shui-bian as
President, and Annette Lu as Vice-President, represents
the crowning achievement of the struggle of the people of
Taiwan for full-fledged democracy and freedom. Taiwan has
now established a model democracy which deserves the full
attention and support of United States as it faces the political
challenge of dealing with the People's Republic of China.
One way to demonstrate the commitment of our government
to Taiwan is by treating Taiwan's leaders with the recognition
and respect they deserve. Allowing Ms. Lu the courtesy of
making a transit stop in New York would be a gesture of
respect which would have no adverse effects on relations
with any other nation.
urge you to revisit the decision on Vice-President Lu's
transit visa and consider allowing her to stop in New York
on her way back from Central America. If this decision cannot
be reversed, I would appreciate a full explanation of the
reasons for the decision and the guidelines that your Department
intends to use in future cases of this type. I look forward
to your response.