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."
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.
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)