House Subcommittee Passes Amendment In Support Of Hi-Level Visits
The House International Relations Subcommittee on Africa, Global Human Rights and International Operations today passed an amendment to support high-level visits from Taiwan’s elected leaders during a markup hearing on the Foreign Relations Authorization Act for 2006 and 2007.
The non-binding sense of Congress amendment reads, “it is in the national interests of the United States to communicate directly with democratically elected and appointed officials of Taiwan, including the President of Taiwan, the Vice-President of Taiwan, the Foreign Minister of Taiwan, and the Defense Minister of Taiwan.”
The amendment continues, “the Department of State should, in accordance with Public Law 103–416, admit such high level officials of Taiwan to the United States to discuss issues of mutual concern with United States officials.”
FAPA President Ming-chi Wu Ph.D. says: “It is good to see that this issue remains on the radar of Members of Congress. Members of Congress tell us that they deem it a blatant outrage that Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Mark Chen who still has a house in Springfield, Virginia could travel back and forth when he was a member of the legislative yuan, but the moment he became foreign minister, he could not longer go home.”
Wu continues: “President of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas is currently visiting Washington. And Yasser Arafat visited the White House. Many authoritarian leaders from around the world have visited the United States to exchange ideas with the President and opinions leaders without any restrictions. So, extra reason why the United States should welcome to Washington DC Taiwan’s democratically leaders in order to exchange first-hand opinions and ideas with them on important issues such as the stability across the Taiwan Strait. This will enhance stability in the region, and thus protect US. interests. Most importantly, as the world’s champion of liberty and democracy, the U.S. must treat a fellow democracy with respect and dignity.”