White Paper 2001 Regarding Taiwan's Safety and Security
Washington, DC -- May 19th 1999. Nineteen organizations,
representing the overseas Taiwanese community in Canada, Europe, and
the United States, today issued a White Paper on Taiwan's
Safety and Security.
This paper discusses how the safety and security of Taiwan affects
peace and stability in all of East Asia. The Paper first gives a
brief historical background, and then presents an overview of the
Chinese military threat and Taiwans defensive capabilities.
The Paper reiterates the appeal to the world community, that the
overseas Taiwanese community and the people in Taiwan want their
island-nation to be accepted by the international family of nations
as a full and equal member.
The Paper is based on the premise that peaceful coexistence
between Taiwan and China as two friendly neighboring states is the
only way in which peace and stability in East Asia can be
guaranteed, and urges China to renounce the use of force.
It is intended to signal that the people of Taiwan want peace and
stability, but are determined to defend themselves when threatened.
It makes a number of policy recommendations, aimed at
strengthening Taiwan's defensive capabilities. It suggests that --
in view of China's fast-expanding missile threat -- the United
States and Japan must make it crystal clear that Taiwan will be
included in the proposed East Asia Theater Missile Defense system.
It also recommends that Taiwan expands its anti-submarine warfare
capabilities, in order to constitute a credible deterrent against
China's massive submarine force, and that its air-to-air armaments
and avionics be upgraded.
The Paper is the second in a series. The previous one, titled "White
paper regarding Taiwan and its Future" was issued in November
1998. A revised and updated edition was published in September 2001.
Through these White Papers, the overseas Taiwanese want to promote
a better understanding in North America and Europe of their homeland
Taiwan, and to gain support for acceptance of Taiwan as a full and
equal member in the international community.
The full text of the White Paper can be accessed in
downloaded in Acrobat PDF-format.
For further information, contact one of the following
Formosan Association for Public Affairs (FAPA) 552
-- 7th St., S.E. Washington, DC 20003 Tel. (202) 547-3686 and Fax
(202) 543-7891 http://www.fapa.org
Taiwan Communiqué P.O. Box 15182 Chevy
Chase, MD 20825 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
World Taiwanese Congress 4328 Sprucebough Dr.
Marietta, GA 30062 U.S.A. -- Tel. (770) 642-8620 and Fax (770)
World United Formosans for Independence (WUFI) P.O.
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