[Congressional Record: October 10, 2000
TO THE PEOPLE OF TAIWAN
PETER T. KING
the house of representatives
October 10, 2000
KING. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to acknowledge the enormous
strides that Taiwan has made in becoming a full democracy.
Mr. Chen Shui-bian was recently elected president through
free and fair elections. With Mr. Chen's election, Taiwan
continues to refine its democracy by improving safeguards
for human rights and contributing to the international community.
Taiwan's efforts to participate in international organizations
have often been thwarted for political reasons beyond Taiwan's
control. It is unreasonable for the people of Taiwan to
be excluded from full participation in international institutions
due to threats from mainland China. Denying Taiwan membership
in the United Nations and other international organizations,
such as the World Health Organization, obstructs access
to important international resources.
people of Taiwan have proven that freedom and democracy
are not just American ideals; they are universal principles
that apply to every individual, to every community and every