June 29,1998---Hillary Rodham Clinton

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Taiwan Tati Cultural
And Educational Foundation
B16F, No.3 Ta-Tun 2St.
Taichung, Taiwan, R.O.C
June 29, 1998.

Dear Mrs. Hillary Rodham Clinton,

Mr. W.H. Auden said, " Thanks to the natural resources of the country, every American, until quite recently, could reasonably look forward to making more money than his father, so that, if he made less, the fault must be his; he was either lazy or inefficient. What an American values, therefore, is not the possession of money as such, but his power to make it as a proof of his manhood; once he has power to make it, once he has proved himself by making it, it has served its function and can be lost or given away ".

Following is a chronology of PRC-U.S. relations since " ping pong diplomacy " in the early 1970s led to diplomatic relations between Washington and the Chinese communist government.

July 1971 --- a new opening to Beijing with exchanges of table tennis teams in " ping pong" diplomacy.

February 1972 --- President Richard Nixon visits communist China, signs the Shanghai Joint Communique declaring that there is but one China and that Taiwan is part of China, whether Taiwan agree to it or not.

January 1979 --- President Jimmy Carter switches recognition to Beijing from Taipei.

January 1979 --- Communist Chinese Vice Premier Deng Xiaoping visits the United States.

January 1982 --- Communist China strongly protest U.S. decision to sell aircraft to Taiwan.

April 1984 --- U.S. President Ronald Reagan visits Beijing and meets paramount leader Deng Xiaoping who says Taiwan issue remains a crucial problem in PRC-U.S. relations.

February 1989 --- President George Bush visit Beijing.

June 1989 --- Massacre of Tiananmen Squarre. The United States and other western countries impose sanctions on Beijing. Fang Lizhi seeks refuge in the U.S. embassy.

September 1992 --- President Bush approves the sale of 150F-16 fighter jets to Taiwan.

1992 --- Mr. Bill Clinton accuses President Bush of " coddling " Beijing's leaders.

1993 --- As President Clinton insists that most-favored-nation ( MFN ) trading status for mainland China be linked to specific improvements in human rights conditions in the country.

May 1994 --- Clinton drops policy of linking Beijing's annual MFN renewal to human rights.

May 1995 --- Clinton authorizes private visit by ROC President Lee Teng-hui to his alma mater, Cornell university in New York.

June 1995 --- An angry Beijing recalls its ambassador to Washington for consultations over Lee's U.S. trip.

August 1995 --- Communist China seeks to defuse crisis sparked by the arrest of Chinese-American human rights activist Hang Wu.

March 1996 --- Communist China holds missile tests and war games off Taiwan to intimate voters into rejecting Lee Teng-hui. The United States sends two aircraft-carrier battle groups to show of support for Taiwan.

November 1996 --- Clinton and Jiang meet at APEC forum in Manila.

March 1997 --- U.S. Vice President Al Gore visits Beijing.

October 1997 --- President Jiang visit to the United States the first in 12 years.

November 1997 --- Communist China releases prominent dissident Wei Jingsheng from prison on medical parole, and forces him into exile in the United States.

January 1998 --- U.S. Defense Secretary William Cohen visit Beijing.

April 1998 --- Beijing releases prominent dissident Wang Dan from prison on medical parole and force him into exile in the United States.

June 1998 --- Clinton-Jiang talk on new telephone " hot line " to discuss nuclear tests by India and Pakistan.

June 1998 --- U.S. Senate republicans launch investigation into allegations communist China gained sensitive missile technology by launching a U.S. satellite and that the communist Chinese military illegally contributed to the Democrats' 1996 election campaign, Beijing denies allegation.

June 25, 1998 --- President Clinton visit to mainland China.

As far as we have known, President Bill Clinton do better than before. Twenty-six years ago, Richard Nixon's one week in China caused a major change in the world situation. Hopefully, Bill Clinton's current visit in mainland China will open mainland Chinese society further and make it a real democracy like we have in Taiwan.

Taiwan need President Bill Clinton's help, and can't be lost or given away!



Sincerely Yours,
Yang Hsu-Tung.
President of
Taiwan Tati Cultural
And Educational Foundation


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