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For Immediate Release                                                                                 August 29, 2004

TAIWAN CAUCUS CO-CHAIRS WELCOME PRESIDENT CHEN TO UNITED STATES

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."

FAPA 新聞稿】                                                                                           【2004年8月29日】

台灣連線歡迎陳總統過境美國,肯定520就職演說,

美國國會台灣連線的四位共同主席於26日致函陳水扁總統,歡迎陳總統於近日過境美國。四位共同主席,魏克斯樂,夏波,布朗與羅拉巴克議員們在信函中表示:「雖然您此次過境時間甚短,我們深信您的來訪將會加強台美關係。」

四位連線主席不忘在信中讚揚台灣人民的民主成就,以及陳總統對民主與和平之路的堅持。信中表示:「您日前的再度連任總統是台灣民主充滿活力與延續力的清楚印證。」議員們接著表示:「我們對於您在就職演說中,呼籲台灣與中國間展開有意義的對話,感到印象深刻;並希望北京能夠善意回應..。」 

議員們接著在信尾表示,他們對於新上任的駐美代表李大維有信心,相信他將能有效地擔任起台美兩國政府的溝通橋樑。 

另外,首位於台灣出生的吳掁偉議員也在26日發表聲明,邀請陳總統在過境時能夠訪問波特蘭甚至是華盛頓特區。 

台灣人公共事務會會長吳明基表示:「這是陳水扁總統在320大選後的首次出訪。台灣連線的這封歡迎信函裡特別再次祝賀陳總統的連任勝利,表現出美國國會早已對於陳總統當選連任的認定,間接否定泛藍陣營的無理訴求與無理取閙。台灣連線也藉此機會肯定陳總統的就職演說,提出兩岸重開會談的善意,以促進台海穩定與和平。」 

吳明基接著表示:「陳總統此次過境,適逢共和黨於紐約召開黨代表大會,而侷限於停留在西岸;不過,近幾個月來眾議院的接連兩個決議案均觸及台灣高層訪美限制一事,由此可見,此項限制的不合理性,已經得到美國國會的共鳴。FAPA將與美國國會繼續努力,致力於解除所有台灣高層官員訪美的限制。」

 

 


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