致美國眾議院感謝函 – 2014.09.15

尊敬的  Ed. Royce 主席及眾議院外交事務委員會諸位眾議員女士及先生們 

1.埃德•羅伊斯,加州,主席  (Ed Royce, California, Chairman)
2.克里斯•史密斯,新澤西  (Chris Smith, New Jersey)
3.伊萊亞娜羅斯-萊赫蒂寧,佛羅里達州  (Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Florida)
4.佛羅里達州史蒂夫•夏波,俄亥俄  (Steve Chabot, Ohio)
5.蘭迪•韋伯,德州  (Randy Weber, Texas)
6.斯科特•佩里,賓夕法尼亞  (Scott Perry, Pennsylvania)
7.艾略特恩格爾,紐約  (Eliot Engel, New York)
8.布拉德•謝爾曼,加州  (Brad Sherman, California)
9.埃尼法列歐馬瓦埃加,美屬薩摩亞  (Eni Faleomavaega, American Samoa)
10.艾倫•洛文塔爾,加州  (Alan Lowenthal, California)
11.加州、格里康諾利,維吉尼亞州  (Gerry Connolly, Virginia)
12.艾倫 .葛雷森,佛羅里達  (Alan Grayson, Florida)
主席埃德·羅伊斯(Ed. Royce)您說到「……上個月……到台南親眼看到作為台灣空軍骨幹的戰鬥機部隊,首先起用於1965年。這個事實明確提醒我們台灣需要持續的支持,以維持台灣的威懾;在這方面,我不情願地認為我們沒有做到足夠滿足台灣關係法的精神,我們美國應可以做得更多,我們不只是必須銷售防禦性武器給台灣,我們應積極努力支持台灣,保持並擴大台灣其外交空間也是一樣重要的,…..做為這個委員會的主席,我強烈要求美國政府支持讓台灣加入TPP…..」 「台灣加入TPP將允許它參加其他國際貿易協定………..」
我們台灣人權文化協會,台灣關懷中國人權聯盟,感謝Ed. Royce 主席您所領導的眾議院外交事務委員會於3月14日2014年所召開的台灣關係法35週年”對台灣關係法的承諾”聽證會和3月25日無異議通過的H.R.494號決議案。聽證會中提到貴委員會對貴國國務院官員的幾點希望和對台灣治理當局之ㄧ些要求。顯示出深為台灣人民所尊敬的主席和委員們,您們在TRA架構下,對台灣事務的瞭解和關心,值得台灣人民的尊敬和感謝。以下您們所提到的一些關於台灣迫切需求的講話。台灣人民將永遠記得您們對現正處於弱勢台灣的正義關懷。
恩格爾(Eliot Engel)委員您說到:「我是台灣的一大支持者,在冷戰結束後,台灣從獨裁威權主義演變到亞洲最強的民主制度改變了從一個完全基於共同利益的美台關係,到一個基於共同價值觀的關係………到目前,台灣已經直選總統5次…….這個給北京一個明確的訊息,中國和台灣的任何變化不能由中國來決定。」
夏波(Steve Chabot)委員:謝謝您對台灣人總統陳水扁的長篇溢於言表的關心,我們台灣人認為馬政權對陳水扁以偏頗不公的司法程序做的司法審判是一種蓄意對台灣人的羞辱。您也提到讓陳水扁「…..我相信如謝爾曼先生所提到的:保外就醫是一個合於邏輯的辦法…至少在他有生之年,他可以回家!」
謝爾曼您提到:「台灣自己也需要檢討,台灣每年只動用約110億美金在它的防禦………上帝賜給我們太平洋在中國和我們之間,而台灣只有台灣海峽,….所以我們應該願意賣給他們這些工具,而他們應該願意花錢購買這些工具。」
恩格爾(Eliot Engel)委員說到「……我們關心台灣要如何保持他的F16機隊,美國空軍提出不給CAPE計劃資助的決定,是一個不合宜的決策,我實在不懂,每當我們談涉到台灣時,好像有一種暗流隨著時間移動,我們則使出渾身解數,儘量不要惹煩北京政權的敏感性;坦率地說,對這我感到厭煩!我們不應該為了北京而犠牲我們與台灣的良好關係及友誼。」
萊赫常寧(Ileana Ros-Lehtinen)委員說道:「我不相信台灣人民會有同感,我不認為他們會覺得我們有維持台灣關係法--美國對台灣外交政策的基石的原則--它承諾了很多,而我覺得台灣人民認為我們沒有屨行這些任務…..」;又說道:「國務院、奧巴馬政府的對台政策是什麼?除了不激怒中國之外。」
謝爾曼(Brad Sherman)委員的發言讓我們感謝你對台灣人總統陳水扁的人道關懷,你也提到建議台灣人民要強化對自己國土的防衛決心!應提高現行5%加值稅率讓和歐洲盟友的防衛資金水準一樣…..」
史密斯(Chris Smith)委員您提到:「我想問,美國我們不該有一中一台政策嗎?」 「TRA第2條指出〝要有助於誰護西太平洋的和平、安全、穩定、本法的制定是必要的,如果台灣受到中國的控制,美國會有什麼後果;我們可以充分意識到這個轉變…….對東西盟國、日本、韓國有毀滅性的影響。」
洛文塔爾(Alan Lowenthal)委員您提到:「-台灣是TPP一部分的重要性-!」
康諾利(Gerry Connolly)委員您提到「美國在2001年初步同意出售柴油潛水艇給台灣;13年後的今天,有什麼進展?」「………環太平洋軍事演習,可有包括台灣?」
韋伯(Randy Weber)委員說道:「…夏威夷有一個軍事演習,北京有被邀請,台灣沒有,為什為?」
佩里(Scott Perry)委員您也談到了台灣加入TPP問題的關心和中國劃定防空識別區(ADIZ)對台灣影響之問題表示了關切。
最後主席 埃德·羅伊斯(Ed. Royce)的閉幕詞說到: 「正如你可以看到,我們兩黨都為台灣巨大的支持。我真誠地希望,當局能以更積極的態度站在台灣的立場,包括與台灣合作,以便它可以加入TPP。在未來十年,亞太地區將要見證顯著的增長,以及經濟的繁榮。既然美國之定位也在環太平洋地區內,所以,這個委員會會非常認真地把握這樣的機會,[使美國也有顯著的增長,以及經濟的繁榮]。作為這個委員會的主席,我指定亞太地區為這個委員會的首要任務。我們對待一項任務。所以我期待著,就這個問題和其他問題,與白宮政府密切合作。
另外由主席埃德·羅伊斯(Ed. Royce)和恩格爾(Eliot Engel)先生於3月25日2014年提出的眾議院494號決議案(H.R.494)肯定台灣關係法重要性的會議中,艾倫.格雷森(Alan Grayson )(民主黨)的發言「……..我們應該支持,我們也應該繼續支持台灣人成為自由和獨立的國家的渴望,使台灣不被它的隔壁的大中國併吞,也不會成為中國一部份!台灣兩千多萬人口擁有和中國不同的一個獨立文化,有它獨特的歷史;被日本佔領了半世紀,台灣根本是不同的,並承認他們自己和比他大100倍的鄰居根本是不同的!因此我們可以而且應該支持他們自決的渴望,我們可以追溯到20世紀40年代一樣,那時我們已經這樣做了,我認為我們應該繼續這做;台灣是有可能成為自由和獨立的,這是我們能夠做到的,且我認為我們應該繼續這樣做。」您這段發言真正道出了台灣世世代代人民成為自由和獨立國家的深層的集體願望。
美國國會台灣的朋友眾議員女士及先生們:您們在聴證會中和494決議案中的珍貴發言,我們已將您們的發言內容全部翻譯成中文並且全面印成書本並上傳Youtube。Po在許多網站,儘量散播到所有可能的傳播媒體上。讓台灣人民瞭解你們對台灣人民真誠正義的關懷。
本次我們幾個台灣人民團體邀請了一些專家、學者、智庫研究員、媒體工作者,擴大舉辦『美國台灣關係法35週年研討會』;來回應您們3月14日所舉辦的聴證會證言。一天的研討會我們全部250個席次的七成座位邀請了台灣太陽花運動的青年學生們,這些學生在台灣關係法成立生效時都尚未出生,我們要讓所有台灣人民尤其年輕一輩的人瞭解:當中國試圖配合台灣內部某些中國人要併吞台灣,而發起任何和平或非和平的手段對付台灣時,全世界大概只有美國【the State of God 】人民會對正拿起武器,奮戰中的台灣人民伸出援手;因為有貴國制定的台灣關係法的存在。
台灣人民將不斷地督促台灣治理當局加強國防預算,台灣人民將不斷鼓舞自己人民投入軍事學校、部隊服務,以展示堅強捍衛自我領土、家園之決心。
我們台灣人權文化協會、台灣關懷中國聯盟,將於美國台灣關係法完成法定程序的每年4月10 日紀念日舉辦台灣關係法紀念研討會或美台關係之研討會。也期望明年4月10日台灣關係法36週年時能邀請我們尊貴 主席及委員們來台灣和我們一起交流、切磋、討論;經由台灣人民和美國國會議員間的直接對話,展現我們最真誠的友誼和您們對台灣人民的關懷,同時表現出台灣人民對你們的感謝和敬意!最後
敬祝  埃德·羅伊斯(Ed.Royce)主席及眾議院外交事務委員會諸位眾議員女士及先生們
政躬康泰
台灣人權文化協會     理事長 謝錫安
台灣關懷中國人權聯盟 理事長 楊憲宏
9月15日2014年

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To: Respected Chairman Ed. Royce and other Committee members:

 

1. Ed Royce, California, Chairman

2. Chris Smith, New Jersey

3. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Florida

4. Steve Chabot, Ohio

5. Randy Weber, Texas

6. Scott Perry, Pennsylvania

7. Eliot Engel, New York

8. Brad Sherman, California

9. Eni Faleomavaega, American Samoa

10. Alan Lowenthal, California

11. Gerry Connolly, Virginia

12. Alan Grayson, Florida

Both Taiwan Human Rights and Cultural Association and Taiwan Association for China Human Rights would like to send our appreciation to the Chairman and other Committee members for convening the hearing entitled “the Promise of the Taiwan Relations Act” on March 14, 2014 and unanimously passing the resolution H.R. 494.  In the hearing, the House Foreign Affairs Committee stated their expectation in the US State Department and their request for Taiwan authorities.  It clearly shows that the Taiwanese most respected Chairman and other Committee members have strong understanding and caring Taiwan affairs under the structure of Taiwan Relations Act (TRA).  We sincerely respect and appreciate what you have done for Taiwan.  The Taiwanese will forever remember your justice concern in connection with disadvantaged Taiwan by those remarks you stated below on the instant attention for Taiwan.

Chairman Ed Royce:

“…last month…traveled to Tainan to see first hand, the fleet of fighter jets that serves as the backbone of the Taiwanese air force. The fact that the first batch of these jets entered into service in 1965 is a stark reminder that Taiwan needs continuous support in order to maintain deterrence across the Taiwan Strait.  On this front, I reluctantly submit that we are not doing enough to meet the spirit of the TRA. We need to do more here in the U.S. And just as necessary is the defense sales are to Taiwan, it is equally important that the US actively support Taiwan’s efforts to maintain and expand its diplomatic space…. As the Chairman of the committee, I strongly urge the Administration to support Taiwan’s inclusion in TPP.”  “Taiwan’s inclusion in TPP will allow it to join other trade agreements…”

Mr. Engel:

“I am a big supporter of Taiwan… At the end of the Cold War, Taiwan’s political evolution from authoritarianism to one of the strongest democratic systems in Asia, has transformed the US-Taiwan relationship from one based solely on shared interest to one based on shared values.  The fact that Taiwan has now held five direct presidential elections is a clear sign of political maturity of the Taiwanese people and frankly a signal to Beijing that any change in relations between China and Taiwan cannot be imposed by the mainland.”

Thank Mr. Chabot for his deep caring about the Taiwanese President Chen Shui Bian.  We think that Ma regime’s unjustly judicial trial against Chen Shui Bian is premeditated humiliation to the Taiwanese. You also mentions to let Chen Shui Bian.. “I believe as Mr. Sherman remarked that humanitarian parole is a logic way…at least in his remaining years to go home.”

Mr. Sherman:

“Taiwan needs to act as well; Taiwan spends less than $11 billion on its defense…God blessed us with the Pacific Oceans separating us from China; Taiwan only has the Taiwan Straits. On a percentage of GDP basis, Taiwan only roughly spends half of what we do. So we should be willing to sell them the tools, and they should be willing to spend the money to buy these tools.”

Mr. Engel:

“…I am concerned about Taiwan being able to maintain their fleet of F16s, and certainly, the decision that the USAF made not to fund the CAPES program was a poor decision—it just makes no sense to me whatsoever. When it comes to Taiwan, there is a sort of undercurrent that we feel over time. We bend over backwards to try not to upset the sensitivity of the Beijing regime. And frankly it irks me.  Not that I don’t wish to have good relations with Beijing—we should—but not at the expense of our relations with Taiwan, or not at the expense of our friendship with Taiwan.”

Ms. Ros-Lehtinen:

“I don’t believe that the people of Taiwan share those sentiments. I don’t think they see us as upholding the principles enshrined in the cornerstone of our US’s foreign policy related to Taiwan, which is the TRA. It promises a lot, and I think the people of Taiwan would think that we haven’t fulfilled those missions…”  “What is the State Department, the Obama Administration’s policy on Taiwan—other than don’t make China mad?”

Mr. Sherman:

“Thank you for your humanitarian caring for ex-President Mr. Chen.  You also mentioned that the Taiwanese should strengthen the defensive determination of their own land.  It is necessary to increase value added tax or other taxes at the rate of our European allies who we also push to pay for their own defense…”

Mr. Smith:

“But shouldn’t we have a One-China, One-Taiwan policy?”  “The Taiwan Relations Act Section 2 points out that the “enactment of this Act is necessary to help maintain the peace, security and stability in the Western Pacific”. What are the consequences of the US if Taiwan were to come under PRC control, and do we fully realize that such a shift would have devastating implications for… and allies of East Asia including Japan and South Korea?”

Mr. Lowenthal:

“…the importance of Taiwan being a part of the TPP.”

Mr. Connolly:

“United States, in 2001, tentatively agreed to sell diesel submarines to Taiwan. Thirteen years later, where are we in the submarine sale?”  “…Any considerations to include Taiwan, for example, in RIMPAC (Rim of the Pacific Exercise)?”

Mr. Weber:

“…So there is going to be some exercises over Hawaii. Beijing was invited; Taiwan was not. Why?”

Mr. Perry aslo remarks that his concern regarding Taiwan’s membership in the TPP and the impact on Taiwan of the PRC’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ).”

 Closing Statement by the Chairman Ed Royce:

As you can see there is tremendous bipartisan support for Taiwan and it is my sincere hope that the Administration would take a more proactive stance on Taiwan, including working with Taiwan so that it can join the TPP. The Asia Pacific region is going to witness a significant growth in economics and prosperity in the next 10 years, and positioning the US, we are, after all, all on the Pacific Rim, with this opportunity is a task that we take very seriously on this committee. And as the Chairman of this committee, I’ve made the Asia-Pacific region a top priority, so I look forward to work closely with the Administration on this and other issues.

In addition, the Chairman Ed Royce and Mr. Engel submitted the H. Res. 494 resolution in the House of Representatives affirming the importance of Taiwan Relations Act (TRA) on March 25, 2014.  In the meeting, Mr. Alan Grayson (Florida) stated, “we should support, and we should continue to support the desire of the Taiwanese to be a free and separate state—not being part of—or absorbed by the larger country, its neighbor, China.  There are 20 million plus Taiwanese who have a separate culture, in many cases, separate language.  It certainly has a separate history, having been occupied by the Japanese for over a half of a century. The Taiwanese are fundamentally different and recognize themselves as fundamentally different from their larger, in fact, 100 times larger neighbor.  Therefore, we can, and should support their desire for self-determination.  We’ve done so going back to the 1940s, and I think we should continue to do so.  It is possible for Taiwan to be free and independent. It is possible for us to make that happen. And I think we should continue to do so.”  Your remarks really point out the profoundly common hope of the Taiwanese generations.

We have translated into Chinese your precious remarks in both the hearing and the HR 494 resolution with a view to make the Taiwanese understand your sincere and justice caring by making copies, uploading to Youtube, posting on many websites and spreading to as many viable media as possible.  In this US TRA 35th anniversary symposium, we have invited experts, scholars, think tank researchers, and media workers to respond to the hearing you convened on March 14.  Those youths, not born in the year when TRA was effective, starting the Sunflower movement are also invited.  We will let the Taiwanese clearly understand that when China intents to conspire with some people in Taiwan to try to annex Taiwan through any peaceful or non-peaceful means, there is probably only the US 【the State of God 】 in the whole world will help Taiwan while the Taiwanese have fought bravely with weapons for the existence of TRA enacted by the US.  The Taiwanese will continuously urge the Taiwan governing authorities to increase national defense budget and encourage the Taiwan’s youths to attend the military schools and to serve in the military in order to display the determination of defending their homeland.

Both Taiwan Human Rights and Cultural Association and Taiwan Association for China Human Rights will hold a TRA anniversary symposium or the U.S.-Taiwan relationship symposium every year on April 10 of TRA’s completing its legal procedure.  We hope to invite our respected Chairman and committee members to discuss and exchange views on the April 10, the TRA 36th anniversary, next year.  Through the direct communication between the U.S. Congressmen and the Taiwanese people, not only the Taiwanese can express their appreciation and respect but also the U.S. Congressmen can show their friendship and care for the Taiwanese.

Sincerely yours,

Shi-An Hsieh

Chairman of Taiwan Human Rights and Cultural Association

Hsien-Hung Yang

Chairman of Taiwan Association for China Human Rights

September 15, 2014

 

 

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