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August 1, 2005

Mr. Ma Ying-jeou                   

No.11, Zhongshan S. Road.

Taipei 100, Taiwan


Dear Chairman Ma:

We write to congratulate you on your July 16 election as the new chairman of the Kuomingtang (KMT).

As you begin your term as chairman, we want to reassure you that the United States and the American people are fully committed to the security, prosperity and future of the people of Taiwan. All of us in the Congressional Taiwan Caucus (CTC) are long-time friends and supporters of Taiwan and have closely followed Taiwan's remarkable path towards a flourishing multiparty democracy that respects human rights and the rule of law.

Mr. Chairman, we know you value the long-standing relationship between the United States and Taiwan, a relationship that has grown stronger in recent years.  We now look to you, in the tradition of past KMT chairmen, to join us in enhancing this partnership and to strengthen economic, cultural and security cooperation.

In particular we urge you, as the new chairman of the KMT, to lead efforts in Taipei to ensure that the Legislative Yuan quickly passes a special arms procurement package or increases its annual defense spending.  We believe as you do that cooperation between Taipei and Washington is paramount to

Taiwan's security and is in the mutual interest of both nations.

As Co-Chairs of the CTC, we would like to cordially invite you to come to Washington this September to address members of the Caucus and engage in a dialogue concerning US-Taiwan relations.  Given the myriad of complex and difficult issues facing the United States and Taiwan in the coming years, we believe your visit will be a positive step towards enhancing this historic partnership.

Again, congratulations on your election as chairman of the KMT.  We look forward to hearing back from you regarding our invitation and pledge to continue to work with you to strengthen US-Taiwan relations. 

Sincerely yours,

___________________         ___________________

Rep. Robert Wexler               Rep. Steve Chabot

CTC Co-Chair                       CTC Co-Chair


   Rep. Sherrod Brown

   CTC Co-Chair


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