Taiwan Communique informs….

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We are pleased to let you know that Taiwan Communique no. 109 is off the press. During the past few weeks, Taiwan was in the news on a number of occasions: The stopover saga, the pan-blue recall bid, Mr. Zoellick’s testimony in Congress, the US DOD Report on China’s military, and Taiwan’s National Security Policy Paper.

In our Taiwan Communique no. 109 ( June/July 2006) we present a concise overview, with analyses and commentary designed to enhance the understanding of the political developments in and around the island. We especially focus on US policy towards Taiwan, and discuss initiatives in Congress, such as the US-Taiwan Free Trade Agreement.

Below you find the table of contents, while the full publication is available on our website www.fapa.org. We wish you happy reading. Do not miss the excellent cartoons, courtesy the Taipei Times. For back issues, check out our website at www.taiwandc.org/twcom/

Best regards,

Gerrit van der Wees

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Contents Taiwan Communiqu¨¦ no. 109

June / July 2006

Opposition motion to recall President Chen

Drifting into a Constitutional crisis ………….. 1

President Chen’s Travels

Around the world in 8 days ……………………. 2

What prompted the American cold-shoulder? ………. 4

Letter to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice …… 5

Zoellick¡¯s testimony in Congress by G. van der Wees 7

China’s Military Threat

US DOD: China is changing the “status quo”…….. . 9

Taiwan National Security Policy by Iris Ho ……. . 11

The WHO turns Taiwan down again by Kin-ming Liu ….. 14

Taiwan’s Cracks by William R. Stimson ……………. 16

Three responses to Robert Ross ………………… 18

Report from Washington

Congressional Resolution on high-level visits ….. 19

Bhatia’s cold-shouldering of Taiwan deplorable …. 21

Book Review

A history of Taiwan in comics by Wu Mi-cha …….. 22