Thursday, January 13, 2000
Welcomes Rep. Sherrod Brown's Strong Statement
Regarding the State Department's WHO Report
DC. - The Formosan Association for Public Affairs today
warmly welcomed Rep. Sherrod Brown (D-OH)'s strong criticism
of the Clinton Administration's report on Taiwan's participation
in the World Health Organization (WHO).
Brown's statement is right on the mark," stated Chen Wen-yen,
FAPA President. "We fully support Rep. Brown's call
for real leadership by the Administration on this and other
State Department's report on Taiwan's participation in the
WHO," Brown's statement reads, "is totally unacceptable.
Instead of the active support for Taiwan's participation
that Public Law 106-137 mandates, this report is a passive
recital of the obstacles the PRC and its allies have raised."
Administration was required to report of its efforts to
secure Taiwan's participation in the World Health Organization
(WHO) by an initiative passed by Congress and signed by
the President in December. The legislation was sponsored
by Brown, a member of the Asia and Pacific Subcommittee
and the top Democrat on the Commerce Health and Environment
Congress called for leadership," Brown continued.
"We don't want to hear that "the Administration supports
any modalities or arrangements acceptable to the membership
of the WHO to allow for Taiwan to participate in the work
of the organization." We want to hear that the Administration
is taking the lead in building support for Taiwan's participation.
want to hear that "there is currently not sufficient support
within the membership to accomplish this [observer status
for Taiwan]." We want the U.S. taking leadership to
build support for such status. The observer status of the
Vatican, the Knights of Malta, and the PLO are noted as
historically conditioned. Now is the time, the right
moment in history, for Taiwan to join the WHO with such
Administration's pledge to take future steps to elicit China's
blessing for Taiwan's WHO participation defies common sense.
When I attended the World Health Assembly Geneva meeting
last year, I was shocked to see our representatives sit
silently while China and Myanmar, nations with the worst
records on human rights, denounced Taiwan's membership in
the WHO as a threat to Asian stability. The last time we
went through China to help the Taiwanese, victims of a catastrophic
earthquake languished for three days while the U.N. waited
for China's approval to distribute aid.
glad to hear the Administration is exploring "concrete opportunities
for Taiwan to participate in the work of the WHO," not simply
in its "work." I will ask my Congressional colleagues to
mandate that the Administration vote for Taiwan's observer
status this year, and take a vigorous leadership role with
other nations to insure a positive vote for Taiwan."
commented, "There are several ways to say "thank you" in
Taiwanese. One is an expression of gratitude to someone
who has gone to great lengths to be helpful.
To Rep. Brown, the Taiwanese American community says "Law-lat
(??) " for his outstanding leadership on this legislation
and so many issues related to Taiwan. We stand in
total agreement with him that 'now is the time' for our
country to explore a new, creative relationship with democratic
Taiwan, our homeland."
more information, contact Michael Fonte at 202-547-3686.