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Arrival Statement-- Former U.S. Congressman Lee Hamilton

PR0016E | Date: 2000-03-22

Good evening. This is my first visit to Taiwan. I come in a private capacity and am honored on this occasion to congratulate the people of Taiwan. By successfully completing your second direct presidential election you have demonstrated the strength and vitality of Taiwan's democracy and provided an inspiring example of democracy in action.

I also wish to congratulate President-elect Chen (CHUHN). I look forward to meeting with Mr. Chen and learning more from him about the policies he will seek to carry out once he assumes office. I am pleased to have the opportunity to exchange views with leaders in Taiwan and to convey to them my sense of the importance of our close unofficial relationship and the American people's admiration for Taiwan's democracy.

Thank you very much for coming to greet me.

Good evening.