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
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
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
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
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.