JOINT ORGANIZATIONS URGE BUSH TO SUPPORT REFERENDUM DRIVE IN TAIWAN
On July 9, the joint Taiwanese American organizations sent a letter to President Bush stating
that "As the foremost promoter of freedom and democracy around the world, the U.S. can
ill afford to tell the people of Taiwan not to hold a referendum. The United States should be
fully supportive of this drive to institutionalize the right of the people of Taiwan to express themselves
There can be no double standard when it comes to exercising democracy."
The letter reads: "The future of Taiwan must be determined peacefully and with the express consent
of the people of Taiwan. A democratic mechanism such as a referendum to determine Taiwan's future
would be appropriate."
It concludes: "We ask that you and your Administration assure Taiwan's citizens of your support for
this strengthening of democracy."
FAPA President Ming-chi Wu, Ph.D. states: "FAPA believes that a referendum on Taiwan's sovereignty
is the foremost and most democratic and practical means to let the voice of a people decide Taiwan's future.
Nobody but the people of Taiwan has the right to determine the future of Taiwan!"