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Shaffer pushes Taiwan membership in UN

Washington, 3 August 2001

U.S. Congressman Bob Schaffer (R-CO) introduced a Resolution last night in the House establishing U.S. support for Taiwan's participation in the United Nations and other international organizations. "Taiwan has proved itself a long-standing friend of the United States. It has earned the right to join other democratic nations as a full member of the international community," Schaffer said. "I expect my colleagues to stand with me and clearly show the people of Taiwan the United States supports the island democracy and its effort toward freedom and independence."

Schaffer's resolution received initial endorsements from 13 bipartisan cosponsors. The measure reaffirms the United States' commitment made in the 1994 Taiwan Policy Review to actively support Taiwan's membership in international organizations. The U.S. House of Representatives approved similar legislation, also authored by Schaffer, in October 2000.

"Taiwan continues as a beacon of freedom and democracy under the shadow of communist China. Taiwan's courageous dedication to democratic principles reinforces its rightful place as a member of the United Nations. The citizens of our great nation stand shoulder to shoulder with Taiwan."