Dear Mr. Prime Minister John Howard,
Mr. Chancellor Gerhard Schr"der,
Mr. President Jacques Chirac,
Mr. Prime Minister Tony Blair,
Vice President Lien Chan, after a 10-day trip bringing ROC
aid to the four friendly Central American countries of Honduras,
El Salvador, Guatemala and, Nicaragua, which were hardest hit
by hurricane Mitch in late October, returned home yesterday
morning (Dec. 15, 1998).
According to press reports, Lien offered a total of nearly
US$ 850 million in both soft loans and donations to the four
countries on behalf of the ROC government in addition to medicine,
food and other relief materials donated by various charitable
organizations from the private sector.
The loans and cash donations obviously accounted for a large
portion of the government's annual budget set aside for Taiwan's
foreign assistance made under the ROC International Cooperation
and Development Fund. Yet the US$ 50 million financial aid,
together with the relief items, vice President Lien and his
mission members presented to the four countries, were especially
significant. They were rendered to help the countries relieve
the sufferings and economic difficulties caused by Mith, which
left more than 10,000 people dead, several hundred thousands
homeless and caused billions of U.S. dollars in damage and losses.
Taiwan's prompt financial and material aid has
won not only appreciation from the governments and people of
the four recipient countries, but also recognition from many
of the foreign governments and international organizations which
participated in a global effort to help the Central American
countries devastated by the hurricane.
The swift response by ROC government and the private sector
in extending aid to the four Central American allies once again
demonstrated the willingness of Taiwan to always try its best
to fulfill international obligations despite mainland China's
diplomatic isolation that often made it difficult for Taiwan
to join international relief operations.
Reportedly, Taiwan won permission to participate
in an international meeting held early this month Washington
to integrate global efforts to help the rehabilitation of the
Mitch-devastated Central American countries only after it agreed
to attend the gathering as an observer and not to use its formal
World Vision International President Dean Hirsch appealed to
local residents to support his organization's US$ 15 million
plan to aid countries devastated by flooding and mudslide caused
by Mitch. He also thanked the island's people for their sustained
generosity through the years.
World Vision of Taiwan (WVT) which has been sponsoring needy
children for about 35 years announced that they were increasing
their child sponsorships in Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador
and Guatemala from 1,600 to 3,500 children.
According to Tim Shao, WVT executive director, the organization
currently supports 13,000 sponsored Children in Taiwan and more
than 26,000 overseas, including Swaziland, India,
Mongolia, the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Haiti and Honduras.
Plans are to seek an additional 15,000 sponsors this year.
In our view; Taiwan is world's Taiwan, not belong
to mainland China. Taiwanpeople have rights to choose their
future. Taiwan is always the member of our world.
Why? Mainland China make an effort to isolate Taiwan in diplomacy.
Democratic Taiwan need your support.