Dec. 28,1998---Newt Gingrich,Trent Lott

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Taiwan Tati Cultural
And Educational Foundation
B16F, No.3 Ta-Tun 2St.
Taichung, Taiwan, ROC
December 28, 1998.

Dear Mr. Newt Gingrich,
   Mr. Trent Lott,

Taipei, Dec. 26 ---

President Lee Teng-hui is expected to meet with visiting mainland Chinese dissident Wei Jiangsheng on Tuesday, Wei's press secretary Qi Mo said on Saturday.

Wei arrived in Taipei on Dec. 21, for a nine-day visit at the invitation of the ROC Chapter of the World League for Freedom and Democracy. Wei, who was released from a mainland Chinese prison last year after spending much of the past 18 years in a cell for championing democracy in mainland China. Now resides in New York.

According to Qi, Wei's visit to Taiwan has had a significant impact on the establishment and development of relations between mainland China's democracy movement and the Republic of China on Taiwan. "I hope Wei's meeting with Lee will not be sabotaged by mainland China's overseas agent" Qi said.

Nothing particular that, China has ruled out a new round of high-level talks until Taipei agrees to discuss reunification, the China Daily reported on yesterday (Dec. 26, 1998). Unless Taipei give away, China will not send Wang Daohan, its top negotiator, to Taipei, the newspaper quoted one of Wang's top aid as saying.

Wang agreed to visit Taiwan at an "appropriate time" following a landmark visit to China by senior statement Koo Chen-fu in October.

However; Beijing's situation was preparing to hold political and economic talks, only.

In our view; Cross-Strait relations will remain a prominent issue on the island (Taiwan) in the future and the DPP has to take the issue seriously and honesty. It's all clear that the Chinese authorities allow no chance of Taiwan independence. It doesn't necessarily mean we have to give up our dream of independence. But, most importantly, we have to recognize reality, and in a pragmatic manner, we have to tell our people honestly what we can get at the moment and then gain as much as we want.

Whether Taiwan's independence or Cross-Strait reunification, we need tolerate each other, waiting for the coming mainland China's Democracy.

We give our appreciation and with best wishes for you.



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


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