Statement of U.S. Congressional Delegation Led by Representative Benjamin Gilman upon Departure from Taipei, Taiwan, August 10, 1997
We were pleased to see democracy flourishing in Taiwan and that a booming free-market economy has brought an unprecedented level of prosperity to the people of Taiwan. The United States and Taiwan enjoy strong ties based on shared commitments to democracy, to the rule of law, human rights, and economic freedom.
During the course of our discussions with Taiwan officials, my colleagues and I emphasized the vital nature of East Asia to the United States. We stressed the importance of taking a leading role in the region.
We greatly appreciate the warm welcome and hospitality of the people of Taiwan. On behalf of the delegation, we wish you a healthy, happy and prosperous future.