Dear Mr. Trent Lott,
Mr. Newt Gingrich,
Mrs. Madeleine Korbel Albright,
What's Taiwan people willing to deal with Beijing ---
A. The survey found that 84.7 percent of the respondents do not think that
maintaining a military force to protect Taiwan's security will adversely affect relations
across the Taiwan Strait.
B. 70.9 percent of those interviewed believe that under the current
circumstances, Taiwan's armed forces should maintain combat readiness.
C 70.9 percent threw their support behind the proposal that President Lee
Teng-hui make a "journey to peace" to mainland China to forge Cross-Strait
D. An overwhelming majority of 86 percent said they look forward to seeing
President Lee and mainland Chinese President Jiang Zemin meet in an international setting.
E. 84 percent said they do not think that mainland China is entitled to
determine Taiwan's future which they said should be decided by the 21million residents
F. More than 90 percent gave a thumbs-up to the proposal that Taiwan should
continue seeking to join international organizations and upgrade its international
G. 85 percent said even if expanding external ties will strain cross-strait
relations, Taiwan should not hesitate to forge diplomatic relations with other countries.
A total of 1,090 adult residents from across the island were interviewed in the survey
conducted by the Chinese. Association for Eurasian Studies on Sep. 25-26. Seeking to
sweeten the atmosphere for talks with China, Taiwan said (October 2, 1998) it would cancel
massive livefire war games ahead of a planned visit to the mainland by a top Taiwan envoy.
"In order not to affect the atmosphere of the Koo-Wang talks, we decided to cancel
the planned display of the new generation of armed forces to show our goodwill."
General Tang Fei, chief of general staff, told reporters.
Taipei had played down the drills as a "military display" to avoid provoking
Beijing as the two cautiously agreed to resume high-level contacts for the first time
since 1993. About serious concerning to Thursday Beijing was planning the test firings in
which regarded by Taipei as hostile.
Mutual trust can make good deal with both sides. Taiwan isn't a "trouble
To prevent from military crisis, we hope two sides can reach a certain consensus.
Taiwan need your help.