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Advancing the Democracy of Taiwan
The Formosa Foundation dedicates itself to the advancement of human rights, democracy, and the right to self-determination of Taiwan. It is our commitment to foster better understanding and exchange of ideas between the United States and Taiwan through sustained educational and advocacy efforts. Our Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit entity based in Los Angeles, California, 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.
Since our founding in 2001, we have set out to encourage the development of new dialogues, ideas, informed attitudes and policy options which will better safeguard the vital interests that the United States and Taiwan share. The Formosa Foundation supports peace, freedom and vibrant regional and global economic and cultural relations that are the foundation for long-term stability in East Asia.
The Foundation views tension in the Taiwan Straits as harmful to U.S. interests and considers the U. S. policy of “strategic ambiguity" towards defending Taiwan as an important contributor to such tensions. The U.S.’s continued embrace of the One China Policy, at the expense of Taiwan’s international recognition, only serves to further embolden China in its claim over Taiwan and further justify its military build-up.
Our mission of promoting the best interests of both the U.S. and Taiwan could not be clearer given the aftermath of post-911. While the war on terrorism and the war in Iraq diverts U.S. attention and resources, China’s influence in Asia and internationally grows dramatically. It is even more imperative for the U.S. to support, recognize, and leverage old friends like Taiwan, which shares the same democratic and human rights value system and can help counterbalance the growing influence of China in the region.
Taiwan is a true friend, a shining example of democracy and human rights, and an economic partner that the U.S. cannot afford to lose. That is why the U.S. “One China” policy, which actually increases the strategic threat of China against Taiwan, is not in the best interest of the U.S.
"Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth."