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   Dear Colleague for the Election Bill

Uphold Democracy!
Support Taiwan's Right to Unhindered Elections
Be an Original Cosponsor of the Taiwan Free-and-Fair Election Resolution

March 3, 2000

Dear Colleague:

As you may know, on March 18th Taiwan will hold free and fair democratic President elections.  Unfortunately, in a clear attempt to influence election results, China recently broadened its threat to use force against Taiwan, issuing a new ultimatum that it would attack Taiwan if the island's leaders failed to meet China's expectations for reunification talks.  The fact that this ultimatum comes on the eve of democratic elections in Taiwan demonstrates China's repeated attempts to intimidate the people of Taiwan.  Who can forget March 1996 when Beijing launched missiles into the Taiwan Strait just miles off Taiwan's largest harbor, in an aggressive effort to create an election atmosphere of fear?

In light of such actions, we believe it is timely to introduce a resolution in support of the people of Taiwan during the run-up to their important elections.  It is certainly the right of the people of Taiwan to freely elect their president without any interference from the People's Republic of China.

The resolution commends the people of Taiwan for having established a democracy on Taiwan over the past decades and for repeatedly reaffirming their dedication to democratic ideals.  Moreover, it reaffirms the fundamental U.S. doctrine that the ultimate status of Taiwan must have the express consent of the people on Taiwan and must be decided by peaceful means.

Accordingly, we urge you to join us in bipartisan expression of support for free and fair elections.  We have included a copy of the resolution for your information.  If you have nay questions, or would like to be an original cosponsor of the resolution, please contact us directly. Staff may contact Howard Hechler in Congressman Peter Deutsch's office at 5-7931.  The deadline for becoming an original cosponsor is Wednesday, March 8.

Sincerely yours,

Peter Deutsch (D-FL)
James Rogan (R-CA)
Howard Berman (D-CA)
Robert Andrews (D-NJ)
Richard Baker (R-LA)
Robert Wexler (D-FL)
Steve Chabot (R-OH)
Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA)
Sherrod Brown (D-OH)

Any question? Please email: or Call: (202)547-3686