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Celebrating the Republic of China's (Taiwan) 100th Anniversary

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

* Mr. WILSON of South Carolina. Mr. Speaker, October 10th marks the 100th Anniversary of the founding of the Republic of China (Taiwan). Sharing the same ideals of individual liberty and freedom, Taiwan and the United States have developed a strong relationship and become strong allies for one another. Double Ten Day has long been special to our family with our third son, Julian Dusenbury Wilson born October 10, 1971.

* During World War II, the two countries fought side by side against the Japanese invaders. My father, Hugh DeVeaux Wilson, joined the Fourteenth Air Force of the Army Air Corps known as the now famous Flying Tigers. The Flying Tigers served an integral role in the battles of the Pacific Theater of World War II protecting millions of Chinese from the invaders. My father developed a life-long appreciation of the Chinese people and the Chinese culture. Consequently, the First Lady Madame Chiang Kai-shek became the first woman to ever address a joint session of the United States Congress.

* During the Cold War, Taiwan played a pivotal role in America's Korean War effort. General Douglas MacArthur once described Taiwan as an ``unsinkable aircraft carrier in the Pacific'' when discussing the alliance during the Korean War effort.

* Taiwan was also a key base, and intelligence-gathering source, for U.S. forces in the Vietnam War. I have visited the capitol of Taipei and it has become a model of economic dynamism for capitalism which obviously has influenced mainland Chinese who abandoned the failed economic system of communism for the opportunities of free market capitalism.

* I therefore, urge all my colleagues to join me in congratulating one of our nation's strongest allies, the Republic of China, Taiwan, on its century of existence and the fine democratic example which it has set for nations across Asia.

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