Taiwan quotes:

  • If we really love and cherish Taiwan, we should hold our hands in unity to protect our country and our democratic values with the most humble and tolerant hearts. -- Chen Shui-bian
  • However, I must say that I am very happy to see that we have such a positive result for our first referendum in our history and that gives me more confidence in Taiwan's democracy. -- Chen Shui-bian
  • Taiwan is an independent sovereign country. -- Chen Shui-bian
  • We will never allow anybody to separate Taiwan from China. -- Hu Jintao
  • I simply said that I would do everything to help Taiwan to defend itself. -- George W. Bush
  • With Taiwan, it took about 40 years to go from an authoritarian to a democratic society. -- Ma Ying-jeou
  • I bought these shoes in Taiwan, and they said in the inside "made around the corner." -- Frank Carson
  • In Taiwan there's a saying: Raising a child is more important than giving birth. Raising a child is greater. -- Chien-Ming Wang
  • I just want people to respect the privacy of my relatives in Taiwan. ... They need to live their lives as well. -- Jeremy Lin
  • These two points are lies. UN Resolution 2758 does not say a word about the relationship between Taiwan and China, let alone say that the PRC represents Taiwan -- Annette Lu
  • Statuettes of drunken sailors, velvet pictures of island maidens, plastic seashell lamps made in Taiwan. What contempt the people who think up souvenirs have for other people. -- Diane Johnson
  • I have spent time discussing the American political system and current events in Taiwan with the junior diplomats, and they have repeatedly expressed their country's desire to avoid confrontation with China. -- Michael K. Simpson
  • And it's difficult for the average American to understand why something like that could be so important and why a little small place like Taiwan would be so important to the PRC -- Fred Thompson
  • I was so happy when I found out I had been drafted by the Yankees. Growing up in Taiwan, I had heard so much about the Yankees but had never even seen them on TV. -- Chien-Ming Wang
  • We must not fall into the mistake of thinking that it is America that trades with Taiwan or Europe that trades with Asia. The truth is that it is American companies that trade with Taiwanese companies. -- Margaret Thatcher
  • The problem with representation in the media has very much to do with the conflicts between groups in the world. If you talk about Iraq, al Qaeda, Darfur, even Taiwan, representation is a part of that problem. -- Arthur Dong
  • Some non-communist parties and CPPCC members have, at CPPCC meetings or in their proposals, called for the enactment of a law against secession at the earliest date, to resolutely fight and curb 'Taiwan independence' activities in any forms. -- Jia Qinglin
  • I also combined the R&B feel with the pop music of Taiwan... I wanted to bring the R&B flavor and other Westernized sounds to my music, because that's the type of music I grew up listening to. -- Coco Lee
  • Certainly nothing is easier than to rewrite history. If we had made Taiwan a separate state, it would have led to a fundamental conflict with China, and probably to war. Certainly in the long term, it would have led to war. -- Henry A. Kissinger
  • The defining issue is that the government in Taiwan was considered to be the government of all of China, and the authorities in Beijing were not recognized as a government of China. So Taiwan was the residuary for all of China. -- Henry A. Kissinger
  • I have great respect for the Taiwanese. They have done an extraordinary job. But it was not a sustainable position to say that the legitimate government of China resides in Taiwan, which at that time didn't have much contact with the mainland. -- Henry A. Kissinger
  • There are no boundaries in the real Planet Earth. No United States, no Soviet Union, no China, no Taiwan...Rivers flow unimpeded across the swaths of continents. The persistent tides - the pulse of the sea - do not discriminate; they push against all the varied shores on Earth. -- Jacques Yves Cousteau
  • In Taiwan, I'd be like Michael Jordan walking down the street. -- Ang Lee
  • We must unify Taiwan; we cannot afford to have our society being divided in half. -- Chen Shui-bian
  • I'm just so happy to see my friends and fans in Taiwan, 'cause that's where I'm from. -- Yani Tseng
  • Free nations of the world cannot allow Taiwan, a beacon of democracy, to be subdued by an authoritarian China. -- Nick Lampson
  • Political activists in Hong Kong and Taiwan use Facebook as their primary tool to mobilize support for their causes and activities. -- Rebecca MacKinnon
  • Facebook is blocked in mainland China, but is used heavily by the rest of the Chinese-speaking world, including Hong Kong, Singapore, and Taiwan. -- Rebecca MacKinnon
  • My affection for Taiwan... is witnessed by everyone. My wife is Taiwanese and I am a son-in-law of Taiwan. I am half Taiwanese. -- Jackie Chan
  • Taiwan gives a lot of foreign aid to Costa Rica, so it looks like they are basically buying the right to fish, even though it's not legal. -- Paul Watson
  • Basically all the world's computer parts come from the same supply chain that runs from Korea, down through coastal China, over to Taiwan, and down to Malaysia. -- Thomas Friedman
  • Taiwan matters because of its vital role in spreading democracy in East Asia. Taiwan matters because of its strategic importance to promote peace in the Pacific region. -- Annette Lu
  • You know golf is very lonely. When I'm in the States, I feel like if I just think about Taiwan, my friends, my fans, I won't feel like I'm alone. -- Yani Tseng
  • But now all of a sudden some idiots in Taiwan start to say that they are not Chinese. Their grand parents were Chinese. But for some reason, they feel they are not Chinese. -- Alex Chiu
  • People don't think that bread is part of Asian culture or Asian food culture, but it's quite prevalent in Northern China, and you see it throughout Japan and as you go to Taiwan. -- David Chang
  • Such an arrangement would provide Taiwan and China with a forum for dialogue whereby they may forge closer ties based on mutual understanding and respect, leading to permanent peace in the Taiwan Strait. -- Nick Lampson
  • I find the stuff that is exciting to me are the films coming out of Taiwan and Iran and France. So I have the feeling I'm not making the films that American distributors want to make. -- Ira Sachs
  • Even if I were knocked down by one gunshot it wouldn't affect our democracy and I wasn't knocked down and I have great confidence in our democracy and in Taiwan and in the people of Taiwan. -- Chen Shui-bian
  • I would love mainland Chinese to read my book. There is a Chinese translation which I worked on myself, published in Hong Kong and Taiwan. Many copies have gone into China but it is still banned. -- Jung Chang
  • The election is over, and even though there are people who have different ideologies and beliefs, from now on we must all embrace each other, creating a harmonious and unified new Taiwan through our love and tolerance. -- Chen Shui-bian
  • So, anything that avoids a conflict that could draw in, unhappily again, outside powers such as the United States or revisit, for example, Japan's interests in the Taiwan area would be the last thing that anyone would want. -- William Kirby
  • I have great confidence in Taiwan's democracy. I have great confidence in the universal value and in basic human rights, and I have great confidence that referenda will eventually take root and become part of our daily lives in Taiwan. -- Chen Shui-bian
  • I love my family, I love my relatives. One special request I have is for the media back in Taiwan to kind of give them their space because they can't even go to work without being bombarded and people following them. -- Jeremy Lin
  • China is a great manufacturing center, but it's actually mostly an assembly plant. So it assembles parts and components, high technology that comes from the surrounding industrial - more advanced industrial centers - Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, Singapore, the United States, Europe - and it basically assembles them. -- Noam Chomsky
  • Taiwan is democratic. -- Annette Lu
  • Taiwan is a major economy. -- William C. Kirby
  • I have great confidence in Taiwan's democracy. -- Chen Shui-bian
  • My favorite thing about Taiwan is the food. -- Jason Wu
  • Whatever it took to help Taiwan defend theirself. -- George W. Bush
  • It's very important for Taiwan to maintain its international contact. -- Ma Ying-jeou
  • I expect the ruling and opposition parties to work together for the future of Taiwan. -- Chen Shui-bian
  • Taiwan is a budding democracy, and the people have participated in multi-party democratic elections since 1996. -- Todd Akin
  • But if the Chinese mainland, the PRC, attacked Taiwan, we'd be obligated to come to their aid. -- Fred Thompson
  • There is no question that Taiwan is a state in any political science definition of a state. -- William Kirby
  • We will strive to make Taiwan a better place and enable our people to live better lives. -- Chen Shui-bian
  • The greater concerns in China and Taiwan are on the political side, not on the economic side. -- William C. Kirby
  • There is no question that Taiwan is a state in any political science definition of a state. -- William Kirby
  • We had Taiwan, Egypt, Lebanon, and Oman open their markets to our beef, and we're excited about that. -- Mike Johanns
  • I think that there is a relatively small number of people who are pushing for independence in Taiwan. -- Fred Thompson
  • Ultimately, China may use force to push for unification with Taiwan, a scenario we all must work to prevent. -- Michael K. Simpson
  • We will make every effort to unify all ethnic groups, to strengthen belief in Taiwan and to persist in reform. -- Chen Shui-bian
  • The first time I went to Taiwan, there were cameras, paparazzi, TV stations outside my hotel twenty-four hours a day nonstop. -- Jeremy Lin
  • Taiwan and China are related ethnically and close neighbors geographically. There's no reason to resent or to fight against each other. -- Annette Lu
  • There is a great deal of concern in the Chinese military that Taiwan's reunification with China is drifting further and further away. -- Rebecca MacKinnon
  • Taiwan's democracy has grown very fast and we enjoy a certain degree of freedom, as other developed democracies like the United States. -- Annette Lu
  • Self-ruled Taiwan cannot be expected to accept such an affront to the legitimacy of its government and the self-determination of the Taiwanese people. -- Todd Akin
  • Buddhists and Taoists of the mainland, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan share the same roots and instructions and have always maintained sound exchanges. -- Jia Qinglin
  • There is only one China. Taiwan is not independent. It does not enjoy sovereignty as a nation, and that remains our policy, our firm policy. -- Colin Powell
  • The election of the nationalist Chen Shui-bian as president in 2000 and his re-election in 2004 was a nadir in the relationship between Taiwan and the mainland. -- Martin Jacques
  • The L.A. weather is a lot like Taiwan's, where you don't observe four seasons, so the years can pass and you don't feel a thing. -- Ang Lee
  • It's interesting that in those countries like Taiwan or Korea, where nuns are given equal opportunities for study and practice, they also develop great social awareness. -- Tenzin Palmo
  • A war in the Taiwan Strait would destroy China's international relations overnight. It would destroy Chinese - Japanese relations, not to mention Chinese - American relations. -- William Kirby
  • I was in Taiwan recently and was completely amazed by the density of population. It makes New York look like no one is out on the streets. -- Richard Meier
  • Belize pledges it continued support to the aspirations of the 23 million people of Taiwan to be full participants in all organs and agencies of the international community. -- Said Musa
  • America has made it very clear in several administrations that if there is an attack by China on Taiwan, the United States is very likely to resist. -- Henry A. Kissinger
  • Many in Taiwan believe that Hu Jintao is much more sophisticated than his predecessors in understanding Taiwan. He represents a different generation of leaders, more pragmatic, less ideological. -- Ma Ying-jeou
  • Secondly I would like to make continuous efforts of stabilising cross Strait relations, eventually reaching peace across the Taiwan strait and stability and security in the Asia Pacific region. -- Chen Shui-bian
  • Safeguarding the interests of our Taiwan compatriots and expanding their well-being is the mainland's oft-repeated pledge and solemn promise of the new leaders of China's Communist Party central committee. -- Xi Jinping
  • We ask them to remove the missiles deployed against Taiwan, give up their military threat, and instead let us together open the door to cross-Strait peaceful and stable dialogue and negotiations. -- Chen Shui-bian
  • Moreover, as we live in an era of the ascendancy of democracy and human rights, we must see that Taiwan has been a vibrant democracy with a democratically elected president and legislature. -- Nick Lampson
  • My wife is really sentimental. One Valentine's Day I gave her a ring and to this day she has never forgotten those three little words that were engraved inside Made in Taiwan! -- Leopold Fechtner
  • Mr. Speaker, in seeking to return to the United Nations, the Republic of China on Taiwan will once again ask diplomatic allies to present its case before the United Nations this fall. -- Nick Lampson
  • And it's difficult for the average American to understand why something like that could be so important and why a little small place like Taiwan would be so important to the PRC. -- Fred Thompson
  • Taiwan will probably not declare independence. The question isn't independence. The issue is whether Taiwan will declare itself as a sovereign separate state. That will start a huge crisis if that happens. -- Henry A. Kissinger
  • Six months after that, I left Taiwan, first for Hong Kong and then for mainland China, where I spent another three months studying still more Chinese and generally kicking around the country. -- Eric Allin Cornell
  • I have great confidence in the universal value and in basic human rights and I have great confidence that referenda will eventually take root and become part of our daily lives in Taiwan. -- Chen Shui-bian
  • My dad grew up basically in a hut in Taiwan without enough food to eat. And within one generation his son in America gets to do a comedy show about whatever he wants. -- Aziz Ansari
  • We stand with the people of Taiwan and their democratic ways, and I am proud to be a part of reaffirming the unwavering commitment to the Taiwan Relations Act by the United States Congress. -- Eliot Engel
  • The majority of Taiwan people cannot accept Taiwan becoming a second Hong Kong, nor can we accept Taiwan becoming a local government of the People's Republic of China or a Special Administrative Region of China. -- Chen Shui-bian
  • What's my weirdest adventure? Yikes, there've been so very many. Perhaps the pig+vegetable+Taiwanese-army-guys boat ride to the island off the coast of Taiwan qualifies as the weirdest. Or at least the most seasick. -- Kate DiCamillo
  • In the 1999 resolution regarding Taiwan's future passed by the Democratic Progressive Party, it is stated very clearly that any change to the status quo of Taiwan must be decided by the people of Taiwan through referenda. -- Chen Shui-bian
  • The PRC is the big brother in this relationship, and it has the capacity to be generous to Taiwan on this issue in a manner that might do much to defuse that issue internally in Taiwan. -- William Kirby
  • We have global interests, potential threats from elsewhere, North Korea, Iran, Taiwan Straits and the like. We must be prepared for any future threat. That is why it is important that this be a transition year, 2006. -- Ike Skelton
  • We expect the Taiwan authorities publicly to correct the record and unambiguously affirm that the February 27 announcement did not abolish the National Unification Council, did not change the status quo, and that the assurances remain in effect. -- Joseph Adam Ereli
  • I am a native of Taiwan, and I earned my bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from National Taiwan University. I received my master's and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. -- Min Kao
  • [We should] set our eyes on the future. The political differences between the Chinese mainland and Taiwan should eventually be solved step by step, and [we] can not let these problems hand on from generation to generation. -- Xi Jinping
  • Our policy for the last many years has been to deter the Chinese government in Beijing from ever coming into the position where they thought they had enough leverage over the U.S. to cross the Straits of Taiwan. -- Bob Filner
  • I am an Asian designer. I was born in Taiwan. That is who I am. But I am a designer, like any designer of any race. Growing up in the '80s in Taiwan, the arts were not considered a career. -- Jason Wu
  • If we look at everybody's darling, China, there is an analogue called Taiwan that is inhabited by the Chinese as well. But the standard of living and of innovation of the Taiwanese economy cannot be compared with the Chinese growth rate. -- Garry Kasparov
  • My father's family were liquidated during the Cultural Revolution in China because they were landowners. He was the only one to escape. I was born and brought up in Taiwan. But you absorb the trauma. My parents had no sense of security. -- Ang Lee
  • As Taiwan's friend and ally, I believe it is important for the United States to monitor the situation in the Taiwan Strait very carefully to help ensure Taiwan is not forced into a position which would endanger its freedom or its democracy. -- Jim Costa
  • What China would do, I cannot predict. China has all but given up the claim to the use of force, except in the circumstance of Taiwan declaring its independence. That is a huge step forward over what the situation was many years ago. -- Henry A. Kissinger
  • When I grew up, I simply didn't have mentors that said, "Science is important. Science helps you build a country. Science makes a country powerful." And that's such a simple thought, but when you think about what's powered Taiwan and Korea and Silicon Valley and Cambridge. -- Juan Enriquez
  • People often ask whether Obama passes the 'kishka test:' whether he likes Israel special, not in the same way he likes Taiwan or South Korea? Does he? I think the kishka test was decided when he visited Israel. I think the reaction there was emotional and genuine. -- Michael Oren
  • Ronald Reagan, when he was campaigning for President, said that he would break relations with Communist China and re-establish diplomatic relations with Taiwan. But when he got into office, he pursued a very different policy of engagement with China and of increasing trade and business ties with China. -- Rebecca MacKinnon
  • In Japan, Taiwan and South Korea, the government in a matter of years has put a lot of energy behind recycling food waste as livestock feed. It's environmentally friendly, it provides cheap livestock feed for the farmers in those parts of the world, and it avoids sending the food waste to landfill. -- Tristram Stuart
  • When I grew up, in Taiwan, the Korean War was seen as a good war, where America protected Asia. It was sort of an extension of World War II. And it was, of course, the peak of the Cold War. People in Taiwan were generally proAmerican. The Korean War made Japan. And then the Vietnam War made Taiwan. There is some truth to that. -- Ang Lee