DPP US representative
pleas for independence
COMMON PAIN: During a Thanksgiving banquet in
the US, the DPP official said Taiwanese ¡¥felt pain at not being afforded full
By William Lowther / Staff reporter in WASHINGTON
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) representative to the US Joseph Wu (§d°xÀè) made
an impassioned plea for Taiwan independence at a Thanksgiving banquet in the US
Echoing the words of US civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr, he said that
he had ¡§a dream¡¨ that Taiwan would be regarded as an equal by the international
Wu said that even though Taiwan is a democracy it still suffers from segregation
and international discrimination and has not been able to join international
organizations such as the UN.
¡§We participate in organizations under the name ¡¥Taiwan, Province of China¡¦ or
¡¥Chinese Taipei,¡¦¡¨ he said.
¡§This is not the right way for Taiwan to participate ¡X Taiwanese should have the
same rights as people in any other country,¡¨ he added.
¡§I have a dream. It is that Taiwan will be regarded as an equal by the
international community. That Taiwan will participate in the United Nations and
all other international organizations just as other countries do,¡¨ he said.
Wu was addressing the annual Thanksgiving Banquet of the Taiwanese Association
of America ¡X Greater Washington Chapter, which was attended by about 400
¡§I have a dream that Taiwan will be regarded by the international community not
as a part of another country, but as a country by itself,¡¨ he added.
Speaking with great passion, Wu said that the Taiwanese government exercised
exclusive jurisdiction over the territory under its control and therefore Taiwan
had the same rights as any other country.
¡§I have a dream we can use our national flag and our national title and our
national anthem and not attract opposition,¡¨ he said.
¡§I don¡¦t want to wake up one morning to find our name has been changed to
Taiwan, province of China,¡¨ Wu said.
¡§This is an agony that you and I have to go through and no one else ¡X no other
country has this agony,¡¨ he said. ¡§We share the same dream that one day we don¡¦t
have to face this situation any more.
¡§I want to see the day when the Chinese ambassador to the United Nations and the
Taiwan ambassador to the United Nations can go down the aisle of the General
Assembly and say to each other: ¡¥Let us help those less fortunate countries,¡¦¡¨
he said. ¡§Taiwan has a role and a rightful place on the international stage.¡¨
Wu said that polls showed the majority of Taiwanese do not want to be part of
¡§We need to work with the United States in a way that will bring our dream
closer,¡¨ he said.
Wu said that Taiwan¡¦s democracy was not perfect and there was a problem with
fairness between the two major political parties ¡X the Chinese Nationalist Party
(KMT) and the DPP.
¡§The KMT is still the wealthiest political party on the face of the earth,¡¨ he
By comparison, he said, the DPP was miserable and poverty-stricken.
The DPP¡¦s budget was about one-ninth of the amount collected each year by the
KMT in share dividends, he said.
Such a huge disparity in wealth made it very difficult for the DPP to compete in
On the economic front he said that the gap between the rich and the poor in
Taiwan was growing while high unemployment and low starting salaries were making
life very difficult for young people.
¡§Young men dare not get married, they dare not have children,¡¨ he said. ¡§A
generation of young people seem to be lost.¡¨
Wu said that Taiwanese ¡§felt pain at not being afforded full international
He said that Taiwan was not part of China.
¡§We struggle to make the international community see that Taiwan should not be
represented by China,¡¨ he said. ¡§Taiwan is de facto independent. Taiwan is
regarded by the law of the US as a real country even though there is no
He said that Taiwan could serve as an example to Asian governments ¡X ¡§If Taiwan
can be democratic, they can be democratic too.¡¨