Taiwanese-Americans Plan Protests During Xi Jinping Visit
From September 22 to 28, People’s Republic of China President Xi Jinping will visit the United States. During his stay in the US, President Xi will be met in several cities by protesters. Protest rallies are planned in Washington, DC, Houston, TX and Seattle, WA.
On Friday, September 25th, from noon-2:00pm, a broad coalition of Tibetans, Uyghurs, Chinese human rights activists and Taiwanese Americans will hold a rally in front of the White House at Lafayette Square to protest Chinese repression in China, Tibet, and East Turkestan, and its aggressive stance against Taiwan.
The same day, September 25th, Taiwanese Americans in Houston will rally in front of the Chinese consulate at 3417 Montrose Blvd, Houston, TX 77006 from 4:30pm to 5:30pm.
Earlier, on Tuesday September 22nd, Taiwanese Americans in Seattle, WA, are planning a rally jointly with Tibetans and Falung Gong practitioners in downtown Seattle. Details to be announced. Contact: John Chou ([email protected])
Taiwanese Americans strongly urge President Xi Jinping to :
- Respect Taiwanese freedom and democracy
- Recognize the right of self-determination of the people of Taiwan
- Renounce the use of force against Taiwan
- Dismantle the 1,600 missiles pointed at Taiwan, and
- End China’s policy of isolating Taiwan in the international community
Referring to Mr. Xi’s visit to the White House in Washington, FAPA President Mark Kao, PhD says: “Isn’t it ironic that the United States doesn’t allow the democratically elected president of Taiwan to come to Washington, but rolls out the red carpet for the repressive and unelected president of China to visit the White House and give him a 21 gun salute? Isn’t there something wrong with this picture?”
Dr. Kao adds: “If the United States really wants to support democracy and human rights around the world, it should be much more forceful in insisting that China respects the freedom of its own people, as well as the Tibetans and Uyghurs, and also respects the right of the people in Taiwan to determine their own future, free from outside interference.”
Dr. Kao concludes: “We also urge president Obama that in his meetings with President Xi Jinping he insists that China accepts Taiwan as a friendly neighbor, renounce the use of military force against Taiwan, and dismantle all 1600+ missiles aimed at Taiwan.”