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Washington, Feb. 1 (CNA) The Formosan Association for Public Affairs (FAPA), a pro-Taiwan independence organization, on Tuesday welcomed the passage by US House of Representatives of the Taiwan Security Enhancement Act (TSEA).  FAPA said in a statement that the biggest point in passing the act is that it will "strengthen Taiwan's defense ability and protect the independence of Taiwan's sovereignty and the initiative in the development of democracy through the Congress supervision of the substantive military exchanges between the United States and Taiwan."

FAPA President Chen Wen-yen said in the statement that coming as it does on the eve of Taiwan's presidential election, the passage of the TSEA will help promote the confidence of the people of Taiwan.  FAPA noted that for six months it has mobilized all of its members in the United States, social community organizations, as well as Taiwanese compatriots in the United States and in Taiwan to engage in large-scale lobbying, and has held two seminars on the TSEA. It has also encouraged Taiwanese-Americans to go to US Capitol Hill to seek support from US congressmen.

Speaking at the House of Representatives on Tuesday afternoon, Rep. Louise M. Slaughter (D-NY) said that in her constituency, many Taiwanese-Americans are concerned about the TSEA and had sought her support for the passage of the act.  Sources in the US Congress indicated that despite the fact that Beijing has achieved great progress in lobbying on Capitol Hill, it is unlikely that Beijing can catch up with the pace of Taiwanese-American footsteps in grassroots-level canvassing. (By Jay Chen and David Hsu)

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