Sep. 7,1998---Trent Lott, Newt Gingrich, Kofi A. Annan

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Taiwan Tati Cultural
And Educational Foundation
B16F, No.3 Ta-Tun 2St.
Taichung, Taiwan, ROC
September 7, 1998.

Dear Mr. Newt Gingrich,
   Mr. Trent Lott,
   Mr. Kofi A. Annan,

Indonesian government said; "No evidence of raped riot of May", but the truth is truth; from reported September 5, 1998. The brutal violence directed against ethnic Chinese in Indonesia has already had a marked effect in Taiwan, with a growing number of Children being sent to school here by their Indonesian parents out of concerns for their safety.

As Indonesia's economy worsens daily, its ethnic Chinese citizens are fearing they may have to endure more incidents of rape and assault like those that were believed to have been perpetrated in the May riots. Many parents have been desperately searching for some way to get their children out of danger.

Hundreds of Indonesian students have poured into Taiwan, enrolling in various boarding schools, often with no money or friends to support them financially. The schools have naturally been reluctant to turn them away, instead shouldering an increasingly heavy financial burden.

Most of the Indonesian children have registered with Taipei's High School for Overseas Chinese, which began its 1998-99 school year Monday. The number of Indonesian students enrolled in the school has shot up from 30 last year to 120 this year, with 70 percent of the new arrivals being female.

"The sudden increase of Indonesia students understandably reflects the May riots," the school's principal Chang Bichuan told the China News. "Girls make up the majority of these new Indonesian students because their parents are afraid they will get raped."

Many of the students were seen moving into dormitories last week , as parents who were to return to Indonesia milled around the school grounds, reluctant to leave their children alone in a foreign country.

Unfortunately, most students are too poor to pay tuition, and Chang has received numerous phone calls from parents begging her to accept their children for free, promising to pay back expenses in the future.

While temporary contracts have been signed allowing parents to pay tuition fees in installments, the school has been providing free room and board as well as pocket money for many of the children.

"Everyone should make an effort to help our overseas Chinese who've suffered through this tragedy. We, too, must do our part," said Principal Chang. The school has plead with the Ministry of Education (MOE) for immediate financial assistance. Although the MOE assured the school it "will take care of everything", an official from the ministry's Overseas Chinese Education Committee told the China news, "we've already done tons more than other departments.'

"They've (the MOE) given us tentative assurances to help us as soon as possible' but these children can't wait," Chang said.

In the meantime, the school has gone ahead with special programs for the students, because most of them, aged 12 through 18, do not speak Chinese.

"Most of the kids are starting from the beginning' learning the Chinese alphabet, the words for mother and father," said Chang. The school hopes to get the children on track by next year.

At meanwhile President Lee Teng-hui said yesterday (Sep 4, 1998) that Taipei must exercise caution in improving ties with Beijing as mainland China faces immense uncertain ties over its social reforms.

With its economic reforms and opening to the outside world over the past two decades, mainland China has emerged from an era of political turbulence, Lee said in an address to ruling Kuomintang members.

"Communist China is now in the midst of a crucial moment of structural changes, and the survival of its one-party authoritarian system --- hinges on the success or failure of this transformation," Lee added.

Critics have said Lee who has been President since 1988, maintains a tough position on mainland China because he has underestimated communist China's potential to transform its economic and political system.

"Such as fishing and trade disputes must be at first urgency to restart talks of both side. But Taiwan has rejected mainland China's effort to go straight into political issues". About history of Taiwan-Straits the two sides split political in 1949. Beijing still claims Taiwan is part of China with no right to have its own foreign relations.

That what's Lee understood that; "Washington has tried to pull the Chinese communists toward the side corresponding with historic trends, rather than slanting toward communist China."

President Lee's position on reunification is well known. "It might be possible for China to become democratic in 20 years or more"

The real question, of course, is whether mainland China is able to stick with its policy of opening up and reform, and how long the policy will remain unchanged. Deng Xiaoping can wait, but Jiang Zemin appeared less patient.

Beijing, however, has imposed a precondition on talks with "one China principle", and "Taiwan is only a local government". Jiang want to start political talks, despite what's Taiwan people's wishes.

President Lee has given a hand to mainland China again and again in which leader to leader talk on respect of equal political position. Lee said "Taiwan's destiny isn't China's to decide, it's the 21 million people on Taiwan to decide their destiny".

Yes! We Taiwan people have a rights to talk whether "reunification" or "independence". Why Beijing position on "reunification" was always too high to talk with Taiwan ? Why democracy like United States can't do honest to recognize that Taiwan and mainland have been separated for 49 years ?

However; Taiwan people prefer the statue quo and they don't want to be part of a system which suppresses human rights and stifled dissent. Beijing should do more to demonstrate to Taiwan they are making progress and they are friendly toward Taiwan.

Taiwan need your support.

God with you always.



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


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