Sun, Jul 22, 2007 - Page 3 News List

Hsieh aims to talk to US about bid to join UN as `Taiwan'

STAFF WRITER , WITH CNA,NEW YORK

Taiwan needs to know why Washington opposes Taipei's bid for UN membership under the name "Taiwan," Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate Frank Hsieh (謝長廷) said upon arrival in New York on Friday.

Accompanied by 14 DPP legislators, Hsieh is on a 10-day US visit that will also take him to Washington; Detroit, Michigan; and Los Angeles, California.

Hsieh said it was important to know "whether the US government is opposed to Taiwan applying for UN membership under the country's formal name, or to applying as `Taiwan,' as President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) has pushed for, or to holding a referendum on applying to join the UN as `Taiwan.'"

Hsieh said he would try to convey the public's opinion on the UN issue to US authorities.

Hsieh said he had a full schedule during his visit, as he planned to organize support groups for his election campaign, visit think tanks, meet US officials and congressmen, and publicize Taiwan's stance on its role in maintaining peace in the Asia-Pacific region.

Hsieh said there was a confidence crisis affecting Taiwan-US ties, adding that Washington is Taiwan's most important partner.

The crisis is a result of many factors, Hsieh said, including Taiwan's stalls in Taiwan's arms procurement budgets.

Hsieh said he would discuss key issues with Washington officials and hoped to dispel doubts by being frank.

Upon his arrival in New York, Hsieh was greeted by officials of Taiwan's representative office in New York, members of the DPP's US East chapter and overseas Taiwanese living in the US.

He was scheduled to watch a baseball game at Yankee Stadium yesterday and meet overseas Taiwanese.

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