For Immediate Release
Washington DC – May 1, 2007
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16 Representatives Call For Lifting Of All Restrictions On High-Level Visits From Taiwan
In a move to show solidarity with Taiwan, 16 Representatives today jointly introduced bi-partisan resolution H.Con.Res.136 calling for the complete removal of all restrictions on visits by Taiwanese high-level officials to the United States. This issue was raised by Rep. Steve Chabot, the co-chair of the Taiwan, to Mr. Negroponte in today’s hearing on China in the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
The resolution concludes that: “All restrictions on visits by high-level elected and appointed officials of Taiwan to the United States, including the democratically elected president of Taiwan, should be lifted.”
The sixteen members that introduced the resolution are Reps. Steve Chabot (R-OH), Shelley Berkley (D-NV), Pete Sessions (R-TX), Tom Tancredo (R-CO), Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI), Allen Boyd (D-FL), Scott Garrett (R-NJ), Robert Andrews (D-NJ), Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), Sam Graves (R-MO), Jean Schmidt (R-OH), Dan Burton (R-IN), Mike McNulty (D-NY), Madeleine Bordallo (D-GU), Trent Franks (R-AZ) and Edolphus Towns (D-NY).
The resolution calls on the administration to comply with its obligations under the Immigration and Nationality Technical Corrections Act of 1994 in which the President or any other high-level officials of Taiwan shall be admitted to visit the United States. In addition, the resolution notes that, “Since the Taiwan Strait is one of the flashpoints in the world, it is essential that United States policymakers directly communicate with the leaders of Taiwan”, illustrating the importance and the necessity of having direct dialogue between two governments.
FAPA president C.T. Lee, MD states: “The introduction of this resolution is significant. 16 bi-partisan Members’ co-introducing the resolution demonstrates these Members’ willingness to take concrete action and to present a unified commitment in supporting Taiwan’s democracy.”
Lee adds: “It is rather ironic for the United States to praise Taiwan for its democracy, but then turn around and impose restrictions on direct meetings between Taiwan’s elected leaders and US officials. Supporting democracy should not be a mere phrase for politicians to use whenever convenient. We are talking about American soil here. So it should be the prerogative of the United States to decide who can visit the Nation’s Capital, not the prerogative of the communist leaders in Beijing.”
為了展現對台灣民主的一致支持，16位美國聯邦眾議員於今日聯合提出第136號決議案，建議美國政府全面取消對台灣高層官員，包括台灣民選總統在內各種訪問美國的種種不合理限制。台灣連線主席眾議員夏波(Rep. Steve Chabot, R-OH)也特地在今日眾議院外交事務委員會的中國聽證會上表達對這個議題的看法。
這16位聯署的議員分別為：Reps. Steve Chabot (R-OH), Shelley Berkley (D-NV), Pete Sessions (R-TX), Tom Tancredo (R-CO), Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI), Allen Boyd (D-FL), Scott Garrett (R-NJ), Robert Andrews (D-NJ), Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), Sam Graves (R-MO), Jean Schmidt (R-OH), Dan Burton (R-IN), Mike McNulty (D-NY), Madeleine Bordallo (D-GU), Trent Franks (R-AZ) and Edolphus Towns (D-NY).