Taiwan: Bush Praises Taiwan’s Example
At a conference on democracy in
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US President George W. Bush held up
He also made an indirect reference to the Martial Law era of Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) rule, contrasting it to the present democratic conditions in
Bush's speech was the keynote address to a conference on "Democracy and Security," whose attendees included dissidents and democratic activists from 17 countries, including
"Freedom can be resisted and freedom can be delayed, but freedom cannot be denied," Bush said.
"As our relationships with South Korea and Taiwan during the Cold War proves, America can maintain a friendship and push a nation toward democracy at the same time," Bush said, in a clear reference to the periods when Washington's concerns over the KMT's repressive actions threatened the relations between the two countries.
"We are also applying that lesson to our relationships with
Kadeer has been persecuted by
Bush said of the dissidents and others in the audience, "You are united in an unwavering conviction: that freedom is the non-negotiable right of every man, woman and child, and that the path to lasting peace in our world is liberty."
Presidential Office Spokesman David Lee (李南陽) said the Presidential Office agreed with Bush's call for
The two countries share common interests in promoting peace and stability in the region, he said.