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FAPA 2013 Congressional Workshop in Washington DC


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FAPA 2013 Congressional Workshop in Washington DC


FAPA Statement on Taiwan’s Elections and U.S. Interests

(Washington, D.C. – September 18th 2014) –  On Friday, September 12th  2014, at a conference on “Relations across the Taiwan Strait”, organized by the Brookings Institution, former Chairman of the American Institute in Taiwan Richard Bush discussed how the United States government would approach the 2016 Taiwan presidential elections.

Mr. Bush indicated that “the US government, at some time and in some way will express itself on the implications of the 2016 elections for US interests.”  He then described the dilemma that the US has a general principle of remaining neutral in elections of friendly democracies, but “… On the other hand, the US does have interests in the policies of any elected leadership…”

Mr. Bush then described a number of examples from the past, when the US expressed itself, covering the period 1996 through 2012.  He in particular mentioned the December 2003 episode, when President George Bush – seated next to Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao – wagged his finger as if pointing at Taiwan’s president Chen Shui-bian, telling him “not to change the status quo” by pushing for a referendum.  In doing so, the US sided with a repressive and authoritarian China against a vibrant democracy intending to chart its own course through a democratic referendum.

Mr. Richard Bush ended his list of examples by referring to the September 2011 Financial Times episode, when – after a closed-door meeting of the US National Security Council with DPP Presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen – an NSC official called the Financial Times and expressed doubts about the China policies of Dr. Tsai. The call represented a serious violation of diplomatic protocol, and was also an unacceptable intrusion in Taiwan’s domestic politics, since it favored one side over the other.  Mr. Bush’s statement that .. this is something we do, implies that he endorses the way it was done.  This is totally unacceptable.

In response to Mr. Bush’s statement, the Formosan Association for Public Affairs wishes to state the following:

We have no objections to a constructive dialogue between the US and Taiwan on policy issues such as relations with China, but the way this is done is important.  The US needs to realize that for the people of Taiwan, China’s threatening policies and presence are an existential threat: the Beijing authorities want to incorporate Taiwan and stifle its democracy, period.

In such a situation it would be highly desirable if the United States would strongly support policies that are truly consonant with US national interests, namely encourage and enhance Taiwan’s democracy, and create the space for people of Taiwan to decide their own future, instead of restricting and diminishing that space, as implied in the situations Mr. Bush mentioned.  The latter approach runs counter to the values and principles of democracy and self-determination for which we in the United States should stand.

We therefore urge the US government to:

·   Support policies that encourage and enhance Taiwan’s democracy, and thereby help create space for the people of Taiwan to decide their own future;
·   Engage candidates and future leaders in a constructive two-way dialogue on important issues, and not resort to one-way dictates.
·   Make it clear that the US will work closely with whatever leadership emerges from Taiwan’s free and fair elections to build on the enduring US commitment to Taiwan’s people, its prosperity, and peace.

Mark Kao, PhD, President, Formosan Association for Public Affairs

 

 

 

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You are cordially invited to the following seminar:  

Taiwan's Sunflower Movement: A New Political Landscape

Friday, June 27, 2014 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM

University of California Washington Center (next to CSIS)

1608 Rhode Island Ave. NWWashington, DC 20036

From March 18th through April 10th 2014, several hundred students from universities around Taiwan entered the country's Legislative Yuan, and occupied the main chamber in protest against passage of legislation on a Trade Service Agreement with China.

The protest gained broad support among the island's population, and prompted a rally by some 500,000 in front of the Presidential Office on March 30th.  The occupation ended after Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng agreed to send the legislation back to the Legislative Yuan committee for a clause-by-clause review.

What were the underlying reasons for the protest? What are the implications for Taiwan's domestic politics, with local elections coming up in late 2014 and presidential and legislative elections in early 2016?  What are the implications for cross-Strait relations, foreign policy, and regional security? Join us for a discussion on these topics.

9:30 am Registration, coffee and refreshments

10:00 am Opening: Mark Kao, President Formosan  Association for Public Affairs

10:05 am      Panel I: Motivating Factors and Domestic Political Implications

Panelists:     Chun-ta Lee

Sunflower movement student leader

Don Rodgers

Prof. of Political Science, Austin College, Texas

Vincent Wang

Prof. of Political Science, University of Richmond, Virginia

Moderator:    Gerrit van der Wees

Editor, Taiwan Communiqué

11:15 am     Panel II: Implications for Cross-Strait  Relations and Regional Security

Panelists:     Randall Schriver

President and CEO, Project 2049 Institute

Patrick Cronin

Senior Director, Asia-Pacific Security Program, Center for a New American Security

Moderator:    Joanna Yu Taylor

Director, China and the Pacific Program, Center for the National Interest

12:15 pm Concluding remarks

RSVP

This Seminar is jointly co-sponsored by the Project 2049 Institute and the Formosan Association for Public Affairs.

 

美國台灣人公共事務會(FAPA)

第二屆「台灣年輕世代領袖政治培訓營」

招生簡章

華府看民主 宏觀看台灣

FAPA1982年由蔡同榮博士和關心台灣的台美人共同在美國成立的非營利組織,總部設在首都華盛頓。三十多年來FAPA持續在美國國會替台灣發聲,推動許多相關台灣議題的法案,爭取美國和國際社會對台灣民主、自由與人權的支持。

為了協助台灣民主深化、提昇國際地位,並讓在台灣的年輕世代有機會能夠熟識美國民主的形成、政府與國會的運作、智庫策士的參與、網路與媒體的力量,以及美式選戰的風格策略等。FAPA總部再次規劃第二屆的「台灣年輕世代領袖培訓營」,讓年輕領袖有機會從華府學習民主價值、建立人脈關係和增廣國際觀,未來得以用較宏觀眼光來領導台灣。

【培訓營時間】:2014622 – 27

【培訓營地點】:美國首都華盛頓 (Washington, DC, U.S.A.)

【主辦單位】:美國台灣人公共事務會(FAPA)

 

 

FAPA Announcement: US Workshop for Emerging Taiwanese Leaders

FAPA第二屆「台灣年輕世代領袖政治培訓營」

華府看民主 宏觀看台灣

FAPA1982年由蔡同榮博士和關心台灣的台美人共同在美國成立的非營利組織,總部設在首都華盛頓。三十多年來FAPA持續在美國國會替台灣發聲,推動許多相關台灣議題的法案,爭取美國和國際社會對台灣民主、自由與人權的支持。

為了協助台灣民主深化、提昇國際地位,並讓在台灣的年輕世代有機會能夠熟識美國民主的形成、政府與國會的運作、智庫策士的參與、網路與媒體的力量,以及美式選戰的風格策略等。FAPA總部再次規劃第二屆的「台灣年輕世代領袖培訓營」,讓年輕領袖有機會從華府學習民主價值、建立人脈關係和增廣國際觀,未來得以用較宏觀眼光來領導台灣。

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Overseas Taiwanese organizations express concern about backsliding of democracy in Taiwan

(Washington, D.C. – November 8th 2013) -- The undersigned overseas Taiwanese organizations hereby express our deep concern about recent developments in Taiwan.  First, we wish to emphasize our roots in Taiwan, the land of our birth.  We do live in Canada, Europe, Japan, Latin America and the United States, but we feel strongly about our homeland.  Many of us worked hard to help Taiwan make the transition to democracy in the 1980s and 1990s.

Especially since Taiwan made such major progress towards a fully democratic system during the past 25 years, it is regrettable that the current administration of President Ma Ying-jeou has eroded Taiwan’s democracy and freedoms with his pro-China policies. On the surface these policies may appear to bring about a reduction of tension, but in reality they are setting Taiwan up for a larger conflict when China’s repressive designs for “unification” collide with the reality of Taiwan’s democracy.

While this backsliding of freedom, democracy and human rights has been going on since the beginning of the Ma administration, we are particularly incensed about recent moves by the Ma government that show a distinct lack of  respect for democracy, and a fundamental breach of the basic principles of separation of powers and checks and balances in a democracy.

These basic principles are enshrined in the current (ROC) Constitution in Taiwan.  While we strongly believe that the Constitution needs to be amended to reflect the new reality that Taiwan is now a free, democratic and independent country, it is essential that the government abides by the Constitution that is presently in force.  The actions of President Ma and his administration in attempting to remove Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng clearly violated those principles.

In addition, the extensive abuse of power and the rampant wiretapping by the Special Investigation Division of the Chief Prosecutor’s Office also constitute a violation of the Constitution, in particular Article 12, which guarantees the individual’s freedom of privacy of correspondence.

It is time for the Ma government to listen to the Taiwanese people, and to move towards policies and decisions that reflect the views of ordinary people, the men and women in the street. In particular this means:

  1. An end to the extraordinary powers vested in the Special Investigation Division of the Chief Prosecutor’s Office.  The Legislative Yuan    should immediately pass legislation abolishing the SID,
  2. Taiwan needs judicial reform, completely removing political influence from the judiciary.  The judicial branch needs to be completely independent from both the executive and legislative branch of government, so Taiwan can enjoy clear separation of powers, and
  3. Taiwan needs legislative reform so that legislators can truly represent their constituencies, and the legislature becomes an effective and efficient part of the system of governance.  The legislative process needs to become a true give-and-take of political negotiations; all political opinions are shown respect and decisions are made on the basis of rational discussion.

As overseas Taiwanese we also fully endorse the joint statement issued by the 29 international scholars and writers, who expressed their concerns in a statement titled "Human rights, democracy threatened", published in the Taipei Times on October 14th 2013 and in Hanji in the Liberty Times on October 16th 2014.

Signatories:

United States

1. Formosan Association for Public Affairs (FAPA)
2. Chen Wen-chen Memorial Foundation (CWCMF)
3. Formosan Association for Human Rights (FAHR)
4. Friends of Taiwan – Los Angeles, California
5. Institute for Taiwanese Studies (ITS) – Cerritos, California
6. North American Taiwanese Engineering and Science Association (NATEA)
7. North American Taiwanese Professors’ Association
8. North American Taiwanese Women’s Association
9. Southern California Taiwanese Club – Los Angeles, California
10. Taiwanese American Center of Northern California
11. Taiwanese Association of America (TAA)
12. Taiwanese Association of America, Chicago Chapter
13. Taiwanese Association of America, Cincinnati Chapter
14. Taiwanese Association of America, Columbus Chapter
15. Taiwanese Association of America, Greater Baltimore Chapter
16. Taiwanese Association of America, Greater Washington Chapter
17. Taiwanese Association of America, Northern New Jersey Chapter
18. Taiwanese Alliance of Interculture (TAI) – San Jose, California
19. Taiwanese Americans Perspectives (TAP) – Los Angeles, California
20. Taiwan Christian Church Council in North America (TCCCNA)
21. Taiwan Center – New York
22. Taiwan Culture Center – Greater Washington
23. Taiwan Hakka Association For Public Affairs In North America
24. World United Formosans for Independence United States
25. World Taiwanese Congress

Canada

26. Formosan Association for Public Affairs Canada
27. Greater Vancouver Taiwanese Senior Association
28. Society  of Taiwanese Canadian History in British Columbia
29. Taiwanese Canadian Association
30. Taiwanese Canadian Association – Greater Vancouver Chapter
31. Taiwanese Canadian Association –Toronto Chapter
32. Taiwanese Canadian Church Association of Toronto
33. Taiwanese Canadian Heritage Association
34. Taiwanese Human Rights Association of Canada (THRAC)
35. Taiwanese Senior Association of Toronto
36. Taiwanese Women’s Association of Toronto
37. World Federation of Taiwanese Associations (WFTA)
38. World United Formosans for Independence Canada

Latin America

39. Taiwanese Association of Ecuador

Europe

40. European Federation of Taiwanese Associations -- London, United Kingdom
41. European Federation of Taiwanese Women Associations, Hamburg, Germany
42. Formosan Association for Public Affairs United Kingdom
43. Taiwanese Association in the United Kingdom
44. Taiwanese Student Association in the United Kingdom
45. World United Formosans for Independence Europe

Japan

46. Japan Taiwanese Medical Union
47. Taiwanese Association in Japan
48. Taiwanese Women’s Association in Japan
49. World United Formosans for Independence Japan

 
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