Hon. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Hon. Congressman Al Green; Texas State Representatives Hon. Scott Hochberg, Hon. Charlie Howard, Hon. Hubert Vo; Houston City Councilmembers, Hon. Jolanda Jones, Hon. Al Hoang; Distinguished Guests; Ladies and Gentlemen; Good evening !
It is really a great honour and privilege for me to host the Reception of the 99th National Day of the Republic of China (Taiwan). First of all, I would like to take this opportunity to extend my warm welcome and sincere appreciation to all of you for joining us in celebration of the Double Tenth National Day. Your presence does make today’s celebration even more special and successful.
Over the past 99 years, the Republic of China on Taiwan by sharing with the United States of America the universal value of democracy, freedom and human rights, has made not only a step further on the path of democracy, but also on the track of economic development as well, and becomes a beacon of democracy to Asia and even to the world. We appreciate the U.S. government’s strong and continuous supports of Taiwan’s engagement in International Organizations, such as the World Trade Organization (WTO) and World Health Organization (WHO).
Now, the foremost consideration for Taiwan is to further pursue the participation in other United Nations specialized agencies, especially the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Accordingly, we sincerely call upon the United States to keep on supporting and helping Taiwan in these regards.
Since taking office in May 2008, our President Ma Ying-jiou cites a free trade agreement, an extradition treaty between the two countries, and the United States granting visa-free courtesies for the people of Taiwan as areas in which the two sides need to forge progress in order to boost the common interests between Taiwan and the United States.
Ladies and Gentlemen, despite the recent dramatic improvement in cross-strait relations, especially, the signing of the “Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA)” on June 29, 2010 with Mainland China, which has taken effective on last month, September 12, 2010. Nevertheless, we are keeping firmly our insistence on the national defense strategy. The government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) highly appreciated the President Obama Administration formally notified Congress of a 6.4 billion US Dollars defensive weapons sale to Taiwan on January 29, 2010. We believe that the United States should continue to provide the defensive weapons to Taiwan according to the Taiwan Relation Act, which is conductive both to the peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait and western Pacific.
Now, may I invite you all to join me in a toast to friendship of our two nations. To good health of President Ma, and to you all good health, happiness and a pleasant evening. Thank you !
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