Dec. 31,1998---Jacques Chirac, Tony Blair

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Taiwan Tati Cultural
And Educational Foundation
B16F, No.3 Ta-Tun 2St.
Taichung, Taiwan, ROC
December 31, 1998.

Dear Mr. President Jacques Chirac,
   Mr. Prime Minister Tony Blair,

China's policy on dissidents has made headlines against this week. Beijing has begun what only they could say is related sweep of so-called "subversives" since President Jiang Zemin's issued his anti-subversion decree police have been busy rounding up anyone even suspected of the very widely defined "anti-government activities". Most notably, the three founders of the fledging Chinese Democratic Party, Wang Youcai, Qin Youngmin, and Xu Wenli, were incarcerated and promptly sentenced to 11, 12, and 13 years imprisonment respectively.

The one Zhang received a 10 year prison sentence that included a five year moratorium on his political rights, whatever they may be.

His crime was not revealing military secrets or organizing political party. It was talking to the media, Zhang was found guilty of "endangering state security" for informing radio Free Asia about an anti-tax demonstration held by local farmers.

Exiled mainland Chinese democracy activist Wei Jing-sheng, on the eight day of his Taiwan visit, has a pleasant meeting with President Lee Teng-hui yesterday (Dec. 29, 1998) at which democracy was again the main topic of discussion. Wei stressed that Taiwan's security depends much on the fortune of democracy reform in Asia, especially in mainland China. As a result, he suggested, Taiwan must build up a closer partnership of brothership with mainland reform groups, lending support to democratization in mainland China. Wei also said if he has any chance to meet mainland President Jiang Zemin, he will discuss the possible peaceful reforms that could bring China closer to democracy.

Meanwhile, President Lee Teng-hui met with a group of former political prisoners yesterday (Dec. 29, 1998) to discuss the construction of human rights monument on green island. Lee told the former prisoner that Taiwan has come a long way to emerge as a pluralistic democracy.

Contrary to Taiwan; that moving to enforce a ban on publications deemed politically suspect, Chinese authorities have sentence several groups of people to prison sentence of up to 13 years, the official newspaper People's Daily reported yesterday (Dec. 29, 1998).

Please help mainland China step up to the route of democracy.



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


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