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Taiwan group goes to prayer breakfast with U.S. politicians

Taiwan group goes to prayer breakfast with U.S. politicians

Senior presidential adviser Wu Li-pei, who headed the Taiwan delegation to the U.S. National Prayer Breakfast Thursday, said Taiwan can learn from the gathering which brought together people of different political views.
The prayer breakfast, held at the Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C., was attended by U.S. President George W. Bush, many senior U.S. officials and members of Congress, as well as political, diplomatic, religious and business leaders from various countries around the world.
The members of the delegation included Parris H. Chang, deputy secretary-general of the National Security Council; Chan Chi-shean, advisor to President Chen Shui-bian; Theodore M. H. Huang, chairman of the National Association of Industry and Commerce; Liu Shyh-fang, former secretary-general of the Executive Yuan; and Joanne J.L.Chang, ROC deputy representative to the United States.
Pointing out that he has noticed Beijing's recent goodwill toward Taiwan, including agreeing to launch special cross-strait Lunar New Year charter flights and sending envoys to participate in the funeral ceremony for Koo Chen-Fu, the late chairman of Taiwan's Straits Exchange Foundation, Wu said that China has finally responded to the goodwill that Taiwan has shown it for a long time.
Wu said the two sides should hold consultations and expressed the hope that Beijing would not use its proposed anti-secession law to escalate tensions in the Taiwan Strait. Wu also said he hopes the United States will work to prevent China from unilaterally changing the status quo in the Taiwan Strait.
Parris Chang (張旭成) said that officials, legislators and the media in the United States should openly voice their opposition to China's proposed anti-secession law which is widely seen as being aimed at Taiwan.
Apart from attending the 2005 National Prayer Breakfast gathering, the delegation will also call on Washington-based think tanks, including the Heritage Foundation, as well as members of Congress and Bush administration officials to exchange views on issues related to China's proposed anti-secession law.


Updated : 2021-10-17 12:46 GMT+08:00