TAHW STATEMENT BY REP. MARK KIRK (R-IL)
May 18, 2001
It is my pleasure to contribute to the celebration of
Taiwan-American Heritage Week. Over 500,000
Taiwanese-Americans in the United States contribute
significantly each day to our social fabric.
Since the lifting of martial law in 1987, Taiwan has made
consistent strides toward becoming an open, democratic
society where freedoms are respected and the will of the
people is observed. Today, Taiwan thrives as a dynamic
democratic member of the international community. The March
18, 2000 election of opposition leader 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. I am confident that,
as Taiwan continues to grow, it will resist external threats
to its own security, freedom and democracy, while playing a
productive role in the international community.
In addition, I look forward to continuing the friendly
relationship that the United States enjoys with Taiwan. The
1979 Taiwan Relations Act forms the basis for friendship and
cooperation between the United States and Taiwan, bringing
the people of both nations together. Taiwan-American
Heritage Week gives all Americans the opportunity to express
sincere appreciation for the tremendous contribution
Taiwanese-Americans offer to the United States.
Having the privilege of representing a strong
Taiwanese-American community in my district, it is an honor
to pay tribute to the strength and activism of
Taiwanese-Americans during Taiwanese-American Heritage Week.
Member of Congress