is a vibrant, prosperous democracy, thanks to the blood, sweat
and tears of its people. It wasn't an easy journey. For forty
years, the KMT ruled Taiwan under martial law with an iron fist.
Having fought for their rights, the Taiwanese people want to
preserve their democracy.
white paper -issued on February 21- completely fails to understand
this reality. In it, China states that it "has the right to
resort to any necessary means" ("drastic measures including
military force") to "realize the reunification of the two
sides of the Straits." All this, one day after Taipei announced
it would cancel a long-scheduled missile test "to show China
goodwill." And six hours after American envoy Strobe Talbott
had departed Beijing after several meetings with the Chinese
urging them to show restraint between now and Taiwan's upcoming
Presidential elections on March 18.
me or I'll kill you," is the basic theme of the Chinese policy
of the people on Taiwan have lived separate from China geographically
and politically for several hundred years. The KMT government
escaped from the Chinese mainland after its 1949 defeat from
the civil war with the Communist party and sought asylum on
Taiwan, dreaming of one day returning to China. It should
be clear that Taiwan's people had nothing to do with that
22 million people of Taiwan select their next president later
this month, they should be able to do so free of Communist
China's interference. But threats are China's answer to Taiwan's
democracy: rhetorical threats in the policy paper and real
physical threats through its missiles pointed at Taiwan, its
nuclear submarines prowling Taiwan's shores, and its acquisition
of high-tech weapons from Russia.
Clinton's answer to these threats on February 24th is most
welcomed by Taiwanese-Americans and the people of Taiwan.
The President said that the U.S. will "continue to make absolutely
clear that the issues between Beijing and Taiwan must be resolved
peacefully and with the assent of the people of Taiwan."
some democratic mechanism such as a referendum, the people
of Taiwan decide to opt for de jure independence, then the
world in general and the United States in particular should
respect that democratically constituted wish.
we believe that enactment of the Taiwan Security Enhancement
Act, which passed in the House by an overwhelming 341-70 margin
on February 1, will solidify Mr. Clinton's clear statement.
This bill reinforces the U.S. commitment to Taiwan's security
and states, "Any determination of the ultimate status of Taiwan
must have the express consent of the people on Taiwan."The
bill will help maintain the peace and security of the Taiwan
Strait, and thus be beneficial to all countries in the region.
is a peace-loving, democratic nation. We want it to stay that