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For Immediate Release                                                                                 August 29, 2004


In light of the upcoming visit by Taiwan's President Chen Shui-bian to the United States dated August 26, co-chairs of the Congressional Taiwan Caucus, Reps. Robert Wexler (D-FL), Steve Chabot (R-OH), Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), stating: "[...] we strongly believe your visit will further strengthen U.S.-Taiwan Relations."

In the letter, the co-chairs applaud the democratic achievements of the people of Taiwan and President Chen's efforts in upholding democratic principles and peace. They write: "Your recent reelection as President was an unequivocal reaffirmation of the vitality and viability of democracy on Taiwan." And: "We are 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.". 

The co-chairs also express their confidence in newly appointed TECRO representative David Lee whom they believe will be a bridge between the two countries.

In a separate press release the same day, Taiwan born U.S. Rep. David Wu (D-OR) invited President Chen to "meet with him in either Portland or Washington, DC, during the President's transit of the United States."

FAPA President Ming-chi Wu says, " This is President Chen's first overseas trip after his reelection. This restatement by the four co-chairs in the letter that President Chen was reelected effectively illustrates their longstanding conviction that President Chen has long been recognized as the president of Taiwan. It effectively puts the KMT/PFP claims to rest."

Wu continues: "President Chen was asked to transit through the West Coast this time -allegedly- due to "security concerns associated with the Republic Convention in New York." FAPA's long-time call for lifting of all restrictions on hi-level visits from Taiwan recently gained momentum when a resolution calling for the end of such restrictions was introduced last month. We at FAPA will continue to work with our friends in Congress to advocate the complete removal of restrictions on hi-level visits."

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