Tuesday, December 4, 2007

The Formosa Foundation: Advancing the Democracy of Taiwan


Founded in 2002 by Li-Pei Wu (http://www.formosafoundation.org/aboutus/founder.php) and based in Los Angeles, the Formosa Foundation aims to dedicate itself to the advancement of human rights, democracy, and the right to self-determination of Taiwan.

In addition, because the United States and Taiwan share the same values of democracy, the Formosa Foundation is committed to strengthening the ties between the two countries through sustained educational and advocacy efforts, so as to create mutually beneficial U.S.-Taiwan relationships and foster better understanding between the United States and Taiwan.

Moreover, the Formosa Foundation promotes and supports the Taiwanese people's right to self-determination in keeping with our belief that all people have a fundamental right to be free. It also supports peace, freedom and vibrant regional and global economic and cultural relations that are the foundation for long-term stability in East Asia.

The Formosa Foundation regularly gathers policymakers and scholars to promote Taiwan's democracy and to encourage to evolution of U.S. policy towards Taiwan. Most importantly, the foundation advocates for a "One China, One Taiwan" policy, and believes that all Taiwanese people have the right to exercise self-determination.

To achieve the aforementioned goals, the Formosa Foundation strives for 1) initiating dialogues on U.S. Taiwan policy, 2) shaping U.S. public opinion on Taiwan, 3) advocating public policy, and 4) improving U.S.-Taiwan relations. In so doing, the foundation can disseminate its belief that supporting democracy and human rights in Taiwan is consistent with the national interests of the United States, as well as enhance better exchanges between the United States and Taiwan.

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