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U.S. Congress passes resolution in support of Taiwan election

ROC Central News Agency

2008-03-06 18:00:19

    Washington, March 5 (CNA) The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed a resolution Wednesday in support of the March 22 presidential election in Taiwan.

    The resolution calls for the U.S. government to reaffirm its unwavering commitment to Taiwan's democracy and security and for international delegations to visit Taiwan to witness the election.

    Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.), a member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs who co-sponsored the resolution, said the competitive presidential campaign going on in Taiwan is an indication of a thriving democracy and that the United States should encourage such development as part of its efforts to promote democracy around the world. "Those skeptics who once said that democratic values would never thrive in a Chinese cultural context need look no further than Taiwan," said Bilirakis upon the passage of the resolution.

    Standing tall for freedom despite constant military threat and intimidation from China, a democratic Taiwan "serves as a beacon of hope for those still suffering under oppression in the communist Chinese mainland," he said.

    The resolution notes that Taiwan, which is one of the strongest democratic allies of the United States in the Asia-Pacific region, has demonstrated its unequivocal support for human rights and a commitment to the democratic ideals of freedom of speech, freedom of the press, rule of law, and free and fair elections routinely held in a multiparty system.

    With its stable democratic system and impressive economic prowess, Taiwan stands apart from many equally young democracies whose freedom and liberty have been severely challenged, the resolution says.

(By Chiehyu Lin and Y.F. Low)


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