Taiwan leader granted US visa
Tuesday 23 May 1995
Yesterday's announcement at the State Department stressed Lee Teng-hui would come to the United States "in a strictly private capacity and will not undertake any official activities".
The State Department spokesman Nicholas Burns said the decision does not represent a change in US policy, which is based on the view there is only one China.
Mr Burns said Peking was told about the announcement in advance. He would not comment on the Chinese reaction except to say: "I would describe it as a negative reaction.
"Americans treasure the rights of freedom of speech and freedom of travel and believe others should enjoy these privileges," he said.
Mr Lee has been invited to address the 8-11 June Alumni Reunion Weekend at Cornell's campus in Ithaca, New York. No president of Taiwan has been permitted to visit the country since the United States in 1979 recognised Peking as the sole government of China and downgraded to "unofficial" its relations to Taiwan.
Under this policy, the State Department has limited travel in the United States for Taiwan's top officials to transit to or from third countries. The Cornell campus is far from transit airports.
En route to Central America last year, Mr Lee paused in Honolulu without being allowed to stay overnight, prompting protests in Congress about discourtesy to an American-educated friend of democracy. Mr Lee was refused permission to enter the United States for the 1994 reunion.
Earlier this month, the House voted 396-0 and the Senate 97-1 for resolutions urging the White House to allow Mr Lee to go to Cornell.
- 1 What happens to your body when you give up sugar?
- 2 Ed Miliband less influential than One Direction's Louis Tomlinson by official Doncaster power list
- 3 Japanese island overrun with cats after population explodes
- 4 Delhi bus rapist blames dead victim for attack because 'girls are responsible for rape'
- 5 Have sex with your iPad thanks to the new sex toy no-one asked for
California teacher appears to have hanged herself in her classroom
The City of the Monkey God: Archaeologists claim to have found city lost for 1,000 years in remote Honduran jungle
Ed Miliband less influential than One Direction's Louis Tomlinson by official Doncaster power list
Japanese island overrun with cats after population explodes
Delhi bus rapist blames dead victim for attack because 'girls are responsible for rape'
'Jihadi John': CAGE representative storms off Sky News accusing Kay Burley of Islamophobia
Durham Free School: 'Creationism taught at' free school facing closure
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
Ukraine crisis: Top Chinese diplomat backs Putin and says West should 'abandon zero-sum mentality'
£18000 - £23000 per annum + OTE: SThree: SThree are a global FTSE 250 business...
£16000 - £46000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an opportunity to join ...
£9 - £13 per hour: Recruitment Genius: This is a great opportunity to join a s...
£25000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Have you got a proven track rec...