of the United States
has made enormous strides toward becoming a fully democracy.
Undeterred by China's threats, Taiwanese voters elected
pro-independence party candidates, ending more than half
a century of Nationalist rule. The election ends the
reign of a corrupt and bureaucratic government, sends a
message that Taiwan will not tolerate political power imposed
from the outside, and returns the government back to the
free and fair election of President Chen Shui-bian demonstrates
the people of Taiwan have made a profound decision about
their own individual future and their own individual liberty.
Their confidence in Mr. Chen Shui-bian to lead them toward
a democratic state and a free-market economy is a sentiment
I share. I, and many other Members of Congress, have
complete confidence Taiwan will successfully accomplish
last month I was pleased to introduce House Concurrent Resolution
390 to recognize the legitimacy of Taiwan's presence in
the international community. Taiwan, as a democratic
nation should be afforded the privilege of membership in
the United Nations.