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The election of the nationalist Chen Shui-bian as president in 2000 and his re-election in 2004 was a nadir in the relationship between Taiwan and the mainland.
The first time I went to Taiwan, there were cameras, paparazzi, TV stations outside my hotel twenty-four hours a day nonstop.
People don't think that bread is part of Asian culture or Asian food culture, but it's quite prevalent in Northern China, and you see it throughout Japan and as you go to Taiwan.
We had Taiwan, Egypt, Lebanon, and Oman open their markets to our beef, and we're excited about that.
We will make every effort to unify all ethnic groups, to strengthen belief in Taiwan and to persist in reform.
We will strive to make Taiwan a better place and enable our people to live better lives.
I find the stuff that is exciting to me are the films coming out of Taiwan and Iran and France. So I have the feeling I'm not making the films that American distributors want to make.
Mr. Speaker, in seeking to return to the United Nations, the Republic of China on Taiwan will once again ask diplomatic allies to present its case before the United Nations this fall.
But if the Chinese mainland, the PRC, attacked Taiwan, we'd be obligated to come to their aid.
I think that there is a relatively small number of people who are pushing for independence in Taiwan.
Taiwan is a budding democracy, and the people have participated in multi-party democratic elections since 1996.
Secondly I would like to make continuous efforts of stabilising cross Strait relations, eventually reaching peace across the Taiwan strait and stability and security in the Asia Pacific region.
We ask them to remove the missiles deployed against Taiwan, give up their military threat, and instead let us together open the door to cross-Strait peaceful and stable dialogue and negotiations.
As I've said many times and publicly, a war between China and Taiwan that involves the United States is a lose-lose-lose.
Dennis C. Blair
When I was in Taiwan, I was taught in school that Taiwan is part of China.
I am an Asian designer. I was born in Taiwan. That is who I am. But I am a designer, like any designer of any race. Growing up in the '80s in Taiwan, the arts were not considered a career.
Our policy for the last many years has been to deter the Chinese government in Beijing from ever coming into the position where they thought they had enough leverage over the U.S. to cross the Straits of Taiwan.
And it's difficult for the average American to understand why something like that could be so important and why a little small place like Taiwan would be so important to the PRC.
Taiwan is democratic.
I would love mainland Chinese to read my book. There is a Chinese translation which I worked on myself, published in Hong Kong and Taiwan. Many copies have gone into China but it is still banned.
The PRC is the big brother in this relationship, and it has the capacity to be generous to Taiwan on this issue in a manner that might do much to defuse that issue internally in Taiwan.
There is no question that Taiwan is a state in any political science definition of a state.
Belize pledges it continued support to the aspirations of the 23 million people of Taiwan to be full participants in all organs and agencies of the international community.
We have global interests, potential threats from elsewhere, North Korea, Iran, Taiwan Straits and the like. We must be prepared for any future threat. That is why it is important that this be a transition year, 2006.
Taiwan and China are related ethnically and close neighbors geographically. There's no reason to resent or to fight against each other.
John F. Kennedy
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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