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The White House                                                                          May 8, 2003
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President:
We -the joint Taiwanese American organizations- write to you today to thank you for your exceptional support for Taiwan over the past two years. A few weeks after your inauguration you stated that you would do whatever it takes to defend Taiwan. Ever since, you have expressed your support for Taiwan whenever the opportunity arose. You stated repeatedly that you continue to support the 1979 Taiwan Relations Act, the U.S. "Law of the Land," the foundation of U.S.-Taiwan Relations. Before you were President, you visited Taiwan as Governor.

It therefore comes as a surprise to us Taiwanese Americans that, on the front page of the East Asia and the Pacific section of the State Department's newly released 2002 Country Report on Human Rights, Taiwan is being referred to as "China (Taiwan only.)" In other sections of the report Taiwan is being correctly referred to as "Taiwan."

Taiwan's president, Mr. Chen Shui-bian, has repeatedly stated that Taiwan no longer maintains that there is only "One China." In recent statements, he has been quite clear about the separate sovereignty of Taiwan. On August 3, 2002, he declared, "Taiwan is not a part of any other country, nor is it a local government or province of another country. Taiwan can never be another Hong Kong or Macau, because Taiwan has always been a sovereign state. In short, Taiwan and China standing on opposite sides of the Strait, there is one country on each side."

We are in complete agreement with President Chen that, today, there is a separate sovereign country on each side of the Taiwan Strait: Taiwan and China.

It is therefore clear that there is no such thing as a "divided China" today, that Taiwan is not a province of China, and that thus Taiwan can not be referred to as "China (Taiwan only.)"

We ask that you consistently refer to Taiwan as "Taiwan" in the next Human Rights Report and your other publications.

We thank you for your support.


- Formosan Association for Public Affairs
- North America Taiwanese Engineers Association
- World United Formosans for Independence
- Formosa Foundation
- North American Taiwanese Professors Association
- Taiwanese Collegian
  - North America Taiwanese Womens Association

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