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MESSAGE OF GRATITUDE

BY JOSEPH LIN, Member FAPA Sacramento Chapter

Thank you all for your generous support for Congressman Steve Chabot, a staunch advocate for former President Chen Shui-bian and for Taiwan.

Even though the event was held in Sacramento, the expression of support from the San Francisco bay area was unprecedented. Fellow Taiwanese Americans from southern California demonstrated their commitment through their generous contribution to the Congressman's re-election.

In his speech, Congressman Steve Chabot not only advocated for medical parole for former President Chen Shui-bian but also committed to continue his mission to effect the release of the former President. Of particular importance to the future of Taiwan was his admonishment to the Taiwanese people. To them, he warned that with their democratic rights, they voted for a pro-China administration which has enabled the over-reliance of Taiwan on China's economy and the infiltration of China's economic power into Taiwan. The annexation of Taiwan by China is progressing steadily and ultimately, unification will be the only option. Unification means a totalitarian China would control Taiwan. Under China's rule, democracy and freedom as the Taiwanese people know it would forever be gone and replaced by a Communist dictatorship. Through the democratic process, the Taiwanese people have indirectly voted for China to take over Taiwan but it is not too late and now up to the Taiwanese people to use their democratic rights for which they have fought so hard to overturn the annexation process and to preserve democracy and freedom in Taiwan. Congressman Chabot's message was expressed clearly and forcefully that once democracy and freedom are lost, it will be impossible to regain it under a Communist Chinese dictatorship.

There is an urgent need for opposition leaders to state their positions clearly to the Taiwanese people. The opposition leadership, in its quest to preserve stability across the Strait and to show the U.S. that it can be a reliable partner, has begun the process of reaching out to China. What is lacking in this outreach is the badly needed reassurance to the Taiwanese people that the opposition stands firm in its commitment to preserve Taiwan's sovereignty, democracy and freedom and that unification/annexation will mean the demise of democratic freedoms now enjoyed by the Taiwanese people. The opposition leadership needs to continually warn the Taiwanese people about the inevitable loss of Taiwan democracy and freedom if they do not block the road to unification/annexation.

As Chairman Steve Chabot reminded us, it is up to the Taiwanese people to decide whether they want to preserve democracy and freedom by rising up to have their voices heard loudly and clearly, or to passively succumb to the imposition of totalitarianism through economic infiltration leading to unification/annexation and the loss of Taiwan democracy and freedom.

Let us all continue to fight to preserve Taiwan democracy and freedom!

2013-06-30

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