Wei Jingsheng Foundation News and Article Release Issue Number: A9-G2
魏京生基金会新闻与文章发布号:A9-G2

Release Date: March 11, 2003
发布日:2003311

Topic: Mr. WEI gave invited speech in Atlanta and met with local leaders
标题:魏京生先生应邀在亚特兰大演讲,接受采访并与当地侨界会面
 


The distinguished Chinese dissident and human rights activist Mr. WEI Jingsheng was in Atlanta the past weekend for a series of activities and gave a speech there on March 9 for an event organized by The Global Alliance for Democracy and Peace (GADP), an organization of overseas Chinese mainly from Taiwan.  Wei is the chairman of the Overseas Chinese Democracy Coalition and the president of the Wei Jingsheng Foundation.

After Mr. Wei arrived in Atlanta on Thursday, March 7, he had dinner with nearly a dozen of the local Chinese leaders and friends who care about the relationship across the Taiwan Straits.  He spent time with democracy activists for the rest of the night until nearly 4 AM the next morning to discuss the future of China and the strategy of Chinese democracy.

On March 8, accompanied by the head of the Atlanta Chapter of GADP, Dr. Ho, and other friends, Mr. Wei visited the well-known Stone Mountain in Atlanta.  The chapter arranged a wonderful dinner for Mr. Wei that evening with nearly twenty local leaders and friends.

In the morning of March 9, Mr. Wei gave more than an hour interview to the New Chinese television station.  He provided his opinions on a wide range of topics. 

In that afternoon, Mr. Wei gave the invited speech organized by GADP.  More than one hundred people attended the event and listened to Mr. Wei's speech.  The event had a co-speaker, Dr. WU Her-Yee, founder of a Washington DC based strategic think tank company and Chairman of the Board of Directors of GADP.

The topic of Mr. Wei's speech was "Peace, Democracy and the relationship between the two sides of the Taiwan Straits". In his speech, Mr. Wei pointed out that it is very important to maintain the peace between Mainland China and Taiwan. However, what is more important is that the 23 million people in Taiwan do not want to live under the Communist government' rule. The so-called "One country, Two systems" of the Communist government on Mainland China is not trustable. That government itself is a dictatorship.

Talking about independence, Mr. Wei said, it is a fact that Taiwan is an independent state, called the Republic of China (ROC) that was founded in 1911. Due to the historic fight with Communism, the government moved to Taiwan in 1949. The governing territory of ROC changed. However, it is still an independent state. Since the late forties, the land of Taiwan has never been governed by another country. True, currently, ROC is not recognized as a country by many other countries. But that is the other countries' issue and cannot change the fact that ROC is independent. People from Taiwan themselves should not think Taiwan is not an independent country.

To gain the peace and freedom of the 23 million people in Taiwan, Mr. Wei said, the best way is to maintain the status quo. The discussion about reunification versus independence is an unrealistic topic and it is useless to talk about it now. Only when Mainland China is under a truly democratic government, people can really talk about whether Taiwan should be reunified with Mainland China or remain separate.

This brings up the topic of democracy. The realization of democracy in Mainland China will not only benefit people on the Mainland, but will benefit people in Taiwan as well. Only when Mainland China is not under the dictatorship, only when the government in Mainland China becomes a reasonable, democratic government and follows the rules of international society, people in Taiwan can be free of the threat of war. From that point of view, Democracy in Mainland China is very important for the people in Taiwan. Therefore, Mr. Wei appeals to the people in Taiwan as well as Overseas Chinese from Taiwan to treat the Chinese democracy movement as their own cause.

After Mr. Wei, Dr. WU Her-Yee also gave a speech. After the speech, Mr. Wei and Dr. Wu answered questions from the audience for nearly one hour.

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Wei Jingsheng Foundation News and Article Release Issue Number: A9-G2
魏京生基金会新闻与文章发布号:A9-G2

Release Date: March 11, 2003
发布日:2003311

Topic: Mr. WEI gave invited speech in Atlanta and met with local leaders
标题:魏京生先生应邀在亚特兰大演讲,接受采访并与当地侨界会面
 

 

  应全侨民主和平联盟美国亚特兰大支盟的邀请,著名异议人士、中国民主运动海外联席会
议主席魏京生先生,于200337-9日走访了亚特兰大市。

  魏先生于7日傍晚抵达亚城后,在朋友家与本地十余位侨领和中国民运积极分子共进晚餐,
一同讨论中国的前途和民运的方略,直至次日凌晨将近四时。

  8日白天,在全侨民主和平联盟美国亚特兰大支盟会长何智达医生和其他朋友的陪同下,
魏先生游览了亚城名胜石头山。是日晚上,全侨民主和平联盟美国亚特兰大支盟假亚城丰美餐
厅为魏先生接风。在座共有主宾近二十位,包括亚城侨领、驻亚特兰大台北经济文化办事处官
员及当地关心中国民主运动的人士。

  9日上午,魏先生接受了新唐人电视台将近一个小时的专访,就众多主题谈了自己的看法。
下午乃魏先生此次来访的主题活动在由全侨民主和平联盟美国亚特兰大支盟主办的"民主
与和平"座谈会上发表演讲。

  座谈会共有一百余位亚城各界人士参加,另一位演讲人是曾任国大代表的侨务委员、全侨
民主和平联盟全盟理事长巫和怡博士。

  魏先生演讲的题目为:"和平、民主及海峡两岸的关系"。在演讲中,魏先生指出维持中国
大陆和台湾之间的和平是非常重要的。但是,更为重要的是台湾的两千三百万人民不希望生活
在中共的统治之下。中共当局所谓的"一国两制"是不值得信任的,因为这个政权本身就是一
个独裁政体。

  谈到独立,魏先生表示,台湾事实上就是一个独立国家,国名为中华民国。这个独立国家
成立于1911年。由于与中共的历史争斗,其政府于1949年转移到台湾。中华民国的领土发生
变化,但依然是一个独立国家。自四十年代末以来,台湾的土地从未被任何其他国家所统治。
诚然,这个国家目前不被许多国家承认。但这是其他国家的问题,而且不能改变中华民国是一
个独立国家的事实。台湾人自己不应认为台湾不是一个独立的国家。

  魏先生指出,台湾两千三百万人民获得和平和自由的最佳方式,乃是维持现状。关于统独
的讨论所围绕的主题并不现实,现在讨论毫无用处。唯有当大陆有了货真价实的民主政府之后,
人们才能确实谈论台湾究竟是应与大陆统一,还是成为单独的国家。

  这就带出了民主这个题目。大陆实现民主不只对大陆人民有好处,也对台湾人民有益。唯
有当大陆不再是独裁统治时,唯有当大陆政权转变为一个理性的民主政体且遵守国际社会的规
则时,台湾人民才能摆脱战争威胁。从这一点来看,大陆的民主化对于台湾人民来说非常重要。
因此,魏先生呼吁台湾人民及来自台湾的海外侨胞将中国民主运动视为自己的事业。

  魏先生讲话后,巫和怡博士也发表演讲。座谈会在将近一小时的演讲人答问后结束。

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