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August 26, 2004

His Excellency President Chen Shui-bien

The Presidential Palace

Taipei, Taiwan

Republic of China

Dear Mr. President:

As Co-Chairs of the Congressional Taiwan Caucus, we were pleased to learn that you will be making transit stops in Honolulu and Seattle en route to Central America. Although you will only be in the United States for a short period of time, we strongly believe your visit will further strengthen U.S.-Taiwan Relations.

Mr. President, please be advised that we greatly admire the Taiwanese people and your nation's economic and political accomplishments. Your recent reelection as President was an unequivocal reaffirmation of the vitality and viability of democracy on Taiwan.

We were also impressed by your call, in your inaugural address, for a meaningful dialogue between Taiwan and China and very much hope that Beijing will respond positively to your plea for a cooperative effort on the part of both countries to establish a "peace and stability framework" for the future of cross strait relations. We believe that peace in the Strait is vital to security and stability in East Asia.

In past years, Taiwan and the United States have been allies and partners in many areas of mutual concern. In times of need and turmoil, both countries have come to each other's aid. We appreciate your government's efforts and actions to protect U.S. citizens in Taiwan after 9/11 and your cooperation with U.S. intelligence agencies in global anti-terrorism activities. We are also aware of your government's support for the reconstruction of Iraq and Afghanistan. Taiwan is indeed America's friend and deserves our support.

We are hopeful that the relations between Taiwan and the U.S. will continue to prosper and that Dr. David Lee, your new Ambassador to the United States, will be an effective link between your government and ours. We join our colleagues in the Congress welcoming this talented diplomat to Washington, D.C.

Mr. President, we look forward to your visit and pledge to continue to make every effort in Congress to foster even closer relations between our two peoples.

Sincerely,

Steve Chabot                                 Robert Wexler

Co-Chair, Taiwan Caucus            Co-Chair Taiwan Caucus

Dana Rohrabacher                         Sherrod Brown

Co-Chair Taiwan Caucus              Co-Chair Taiwan Caucus

 


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