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Congressman Rohrabacher protests meeting restrictions

Washington, 13 August 2000

On August 8, 2000, US Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) wrote the following letter in protest against the restrictions imposed by the US State Department on President Chen Shui-bian's stop-over in Los Angeles.

Honorable Stanley Roth
Assistant Secretary of State
U.S. Department of State
Washington, D.C.
Fax: 202-647-7350

Dear Secretary Roth:

I am writing to express my continued disappointment in the manner that the Clinton-Gore Administration continues to bend over backwards to appease the Chinese communist regime at the expense of our relationship with our democratic ally Taiwan.

The discourteous and disgraceful quarantine of Taiwan's democratically elected President Chen Shui-bian during his overnight stay in the Los Angeles area this coming weekend is another glaring example of the Administration's supplicant attitude toward the Communist Chinese efforts to isolate and bully the government and people of Taiwan.

As you are aware, a number of Members of Congress, both Republicans and Democrats, have requested to meet privately with President Chen. Thus far, their requests have been denied.

In order for the United States to retain its role model status as the world's democratic leader, President Chen and his entourage should be permitted to enjoy the basic rights of freedom of speech and freedom of assembly.

I request that the Department of State end the inappropriate de facto ban and permit elected American officials to conduct informal meetings with President Chen.


Dana Rohrabacher

Member of Congress