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
We give our appreciation and with best wishes for you.