Update 5, March 2004

New members since Update 4

Master Abraham Chen (IL), President, Cosmo.Bio Healing Arts
Wiley Krapf, Jr., Esq.. (IL), Attorney-at-Law
Dr. Min Li Lee (CA), retired General Manager of Nuccom Power, Com Edison, New York
Dr. Ben-Chieh Liu (IL), Fulbright Scholar; Professor of Business Economics, Chicago State University
Ms. Li-hua Weng, Esq. (M0), Pfizer, Inc.

We are particularly pleased with the participation of Ms. Weng. She is the first native of Taiwan who joins the Committee opposing to Taiwan's quest for independence.

East Chapter Formed

East coast members of the One China Committee held its luncheon meeting on February 14 in Manhattan, New York City. Bylaws revisions were discussed to streamline the organization and three chapters will be formed: East, Mid-America, and West. At the meeting, the East Chapter was formed and De. James Hsiung became the first chapter president. Dr. Hsiung, professor of political science, New York University, is a renowned scholar and is one of the incorporators of the One China Committee.

East Chapter inauguration, Feb. 14, 2004

Chen Shui-bian moving to an independent Taiwan

In spite of doubtful legality and fairness of recent Taiwan presidential election which gave Mr. Chen shui-bian a razor thin victory, Mr. Chen considers his victory a mandate for moving Taiwan to independence. In an interview with reporters of the Washington Post (March 30, 2004), Mr. Chen Shui-bian said Monday: "[i]f the Chinese government insists on the one China principle as a precondition for talks, Taiwan will answer that China must recognize it as a separate country. Then, I believe the two sides will be forever deadlocked, major differences cannot be solved and it will be impossible for both sides to sit down and talk. We understand this in our hearts. So don't raise the 'one China' principle."

"The so-called 'one China' does not exist now. Perhaps it will in the future," he said. "We should all be able to sit together and deal with the future 'one China' issue together."

Chen defended his plan to write a new constitution for Taiwan, approve it in a referendum in 2006 and enact it by 2008, when Beijing is scheduled to host the Summer Olympics. China has argued that a new constitution would sever Taiwan's legal ties with the mainland, and senior Chinese military officers have declared that China is willing to go to war against Taiwan over the issue, even if it means a global boycott of the Games.

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