quote by Jacques Yves Cousteau

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

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

There is no question that Taiwan is a state in any political science definition of a state.

[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.

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.

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.

For Singapore, its test for its own democracy must be whether it fit and serve the interests of its people and conditions, and not serve some abstract ideal that the Western media thought it ought to conform to. If in 10 years, Philippines, Taiwan and Korea were better societies because they adopted the US model, Singapore would hurry to catch.

In Taiwan there's a saying: Raising a child is more important than giving birth.

Raising a child is greater.

There is only one China. Taiwan is not independent. It does not enjoy sovereignty as a nation.

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.

I bought these shoes in Taiwan, and they said in the inside "made around the corner."

We will make every effort to unify all ethnic groups, to strengthen belief in Taiwan and to persist in reform.

We had Taiwan, Egypt, Lebanon, and Oman open their markets to our beef, and we're excited about that.

Ultimately, China may use force to push for unification with Taiwan, a scenario we all must work to prevent.

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.

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.

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.

We will never allow anybody to separate Taiwan from China.

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.

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.

Taiwan is a budding democracy, and the people have participated in multi-party democratic elections since 1996.

The greater concerns in China and Taiwan are on the political side, not on the economic side.

But if the Chinese mainland, the PRC, attacked Taiwan, we'd be obligated to come to their aid.

I think that there is a relatively small number of people who are pushing for independence in Taiwan.

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.

Taiwan is democratic.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Taiwan and China are related ethnically and close neighbors geographically.

There's no reason to resent or to fight against each other.

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