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Taiwanese, Tibetans, Uyghurs and Chinese rally in Washington and Seattle, September 2015


Announcement for Year 2016 – 2017 FAPA President Election

I. Duties of FAPA President

1. Represent FAPA externally and chair the Standing Committee internally;

2. Report to the Board Members and report to the Standing Committee when the Board Members are not in session;

3. Call for the Board Meetings;

4. Provide assistance with FAPA fundraising;

II. Duties of Vice President

1. The Vice President shall assist the President in fulfilling his/her duties.

III.  Candidacy requirements

1. Candidates for President and Vice President shall be current Board Members. (year 2016)

2. The positions of the President and Vice President shall be elected as a team consistent with this section. As such, each candidate for President shall announce his/her choice as Vice President/running mate before the election.

3. A candidacy for the positions of President and Vice President must be supported by at least five other Board Members in writing. Each Board Member may support only one candidacy for the purpose of this subsection. A support of candidacy under this subsection does not constitute a vote for the position of President.

4. File a Petition for the Position of President.

IV. Filing a Petition for the Position of President

1. An individual who seeks candidacy for the position of President must submit a written petition to the Headquarters at least six weeks before the election.

2. The petition shall state the individual’s intent to run for the office of the President and include the requisite support of other Board Members described above.

3. The individual may include a one-page statement of qualification and platform.

4. The individual must have fulfilled all candidacy requirements and obligations and duties as a Board Member.

V. Filing Fees and Contact

1. Candidates must complete a registration form (attached) and E-MAIL it back to President Election Committee ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ). We only accept e-mail registration with $500 registration fee (check payable to FAPA) mailed to the HQ. It should be received by the HQ no later than November 10th to finish registration procedure.

2. Contact President Election Committee: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

VI. Timetable and Deadlines

Nov 01-10       : Announcement of Election & Time Period for Filing of Petition for the Position of President

November 12  : Announcement of Qualified Candidates & Mailing of Qualified Candidate(s) information to Board Members

Nov. 13-21      : Time Period for request of Absentee Ballot (以總部收到書面資料日為憑)

November 23  : Mailing Absentee Ballots to requesting Board Members

December 02   : HQ receives all Absentee Ballots (以總部收到為憑、非郵戳)

December 05   : Election by Board Members for the Office of the President and Vice President

Last Updated (Friday, 16 October 2015 19:12)




2015 FAPA Young Professional Group National Advocacy Conference

Date: August 29th - 31st (August 31st will be the Congressional visiting day)

Workshop Location: Hotel near Washington National  airport (TBA)

Admission Fee: Free if you are a FAPA member! (a program fee of $60 will be applied for non-members)


Register here before August 14th!



Third "Taiwanese Emerging Leadership" workshop to be held in Washington, DC from June 21-26th  2015.

FAPA invites interested young Taiwanese leaders to register below.

Learn how Washington works in one week!

For further information, take a look at the attached PDF document




培訓營活動為期一週(2015年6月21-26日),在美國首都華盛頓舉行,有意參加的年青朋友請藉由以下的聯結報名 ( ,並繳交個人英文信及推薦信各一封。參加者需自行負責台北華府的機票,活動期間的食宿為主辦單位負責。報名截止日為4月15日。


PDF 檔:

On-line rsvp:



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


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

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