immediate release. April 17, 2000
Grows As Feingold & Collins Back TSEA
Russ Feingold (D-WI) and Susan Collins (R-ME) added their
voices of support to the Taiwan Security Enhancement Act,
in a letter to Majority Leader Senator Trent Lott dated
April 10, 2000.
Tim Hutchinson (R-AR) initiated the letter which was also
signed by ten other Senators who were already co-sponsors
of the TSEA. They joined Feingold and Collins in urging
Lott "to take the necessary steps to ascertain support
in the Senate for the Taiwan Security Enhancement Act and
to call up this legislation at the earliest possible date,
before the Senate votes on matters relating to China."
addition of another Democratic voice of support for the
TSEA is a quantum leap forward," stated Chen Wen-yen,
President of the Formosan Association for Public Affairs.
"FAPA members in Wisconsin have had substantial talks
with the Senator and his office and we are greatly encouraged
by his stance. Hopefully this will open the door for other
Democratic Senators to get behind this important legislation.
Senator Collins’ centrist voice is also a great addition
to the list and adds to the momentum for the bill."
Senators’ argued that the U.S. "must bring greater
clarity to our relations with Taiwan and China by passing
this legislation in the Senate." They point out the
growing military imbalance in China’s favor, amply documented
by Pentagon reports, and the fact that China has "dramatically
lowered its justification for the use of force to include
Taiwan’s refusal to negotiate reunification." The Senators
underscored their belief that "China’s threats will
only increase as Taiwan progresses down the path of democracy."
that the legislation be considered ‘before the Senate votes
on matters relating to China’ is a very forceful statement,"
Chen Wen-yen stated. "It shows the depth of concern
in the Senate over China’s threats to democratic Taiwan,
as well as the need to break Taiwan’s military isolation
and shore up its deterrence capabilities. Senator Daschle
stated on Friday that he thought there was a ‘good deal
of opposition’ to the TSEA and that ‘it may be growing.’
This letter shows quite the opposite – opposition to China’s
saber rattling is growing as is positive support for Taiwan."
letter was co-signed by Senators Tim Hutchinson (R-AR),
Robert Torricelli (D-NJ), Frank Murkowski (R-AK), Russ Feingold
(D-WI), Slade Gorton (R-WA), Mike DeWine
Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Jon Kyl (R-AZ), Susan Collins (R-ME),
James Inhofe (R-OK),
Smith (R-NH), and John Ashcroft (R-MO).
more information, contact Mike Fonte at FAPA 202-547-3686
and/or visit our web site at www.fapa.org