Dear Mr. Kofi A. Annan,
President Lee Teng-hui (ROC in Taiwan) yesterday (Dec. 11,
1998) reiterated that the Republic of China needs to continue
its pragmatic diplomacy to sustain its survival and development,
affirming that such a policy is unrelated to a drive for independence.
The President stressed while Taiwan and mainland China have
been "two equal political entities" under
separate rules since 1949. The ROC's effort to
participate in international activities is not intended to challenge
status of the mainland.
The President urged the people to show confidence in the nation,
which has weathered several major crises including mainland
China's military intimidation and the Asian monetary turmoil.
The other reports,...Taiwan is the least stressful
country in Asia for foreigners to work in because of expatriate
perceptions that the island is a rock of stability in a region
torn by crisis, according to survey released yesterday
(Dec 11, 1998) by Hong Kong-based think tank. The survey by
the political and economic risk consultancy was based on the
views of 600 expatriates, who were asked to grade the level
of stress they felt in the country where they worked.
In Taiwan, the appearance of stability on the island when the
rest of the region was caught up in an economic crisis helped
to "fortify a mood of confidence among both the local and
expatriate population". Stability is one thing, that need
more security to protest this island. Taiwan is seeking to purchase
more patriot missiles from the United States to strengthen the
air-defense capabilities around major cities in central and
southern Taiwan, a local paper reported yesterday (Dec. 11,
The reasons followed the past history of Beijing's threat.
Taiwan bought its first shipment of missiles following the Taiwan-strait
missile crisis of 1995-1996, which was sparked by President
Lee Teng-hui's visit to his alma mater in the U.S. Cornell University
to deliver a speech. The June, 1995 visit infuriated mainland
In retaliation, Beijing ordered its military to test fire several
missiles at target sites in Taiwan coastal waters off Taipei
and Kaohsiung. Beijing conducted several rounds of the missile
test, the last coming just prior to Taiwan's first direct presidential
election in March, 1996. A high-ranking Taiwan military officer
said Taiwan plans to set up air defense zones around
major cities on the island to cope with increasing missile threats
from across the Taiwan strait.
Under the respect of political entity with Taiwan and mainland
China, the MAC (Mainland Affairs Council) will continue to engage
in a variety of exchanges and practical negotiations with China.
"The government will continue to pursue the
goal of a unified China featuring democracy freedom and equitable
distribution of wealth. In accordance with the national unification
guideline, China should consider Taiwan a democratic country"
Mac vice chairman Sheu Ke-Sheng added.
In our view; giant country as mainland China should help Taiwan
with honest that missile test lost too much confidence in Taiwan
On above reason; Taiwan need your support.