Dear Mr. Trent Lott,
Mr. Denny Hastert,
Given that Beijing's "one country, two systems" reunification
formula requires Taipei to abandon its 88-year-old sovereignty in
favor of what is termed "far looser" terms for reunification
with the mainland than are being applied in the cases of Hong Kong
The chances for Taiwan to accept such a scheme remain microscopic.
No matter how much pressure Beijing tries to exert among sympathetic
friends overseas, the fact remains that until the mainland can be
more realistic in its dealings with Taiwan. The prospects for reunification
will remain dismal.
First of all, we wonder why ARATS (officials from the Beijing-based
Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait) Beijing's quasi-official
"white glove" body that deals with Taipei in the absence
of formal Cross-Strait contacts, would constantly dispatch its officials
overseas on propaganda tours after leaders on the mainland have
repeatedly claimed that foreign nations have no right to "interfere"
in the so-called "Taiwan problem".
If foreigners aren't supposed to be "interfering" in
the mainland's "domestic" problem, then why has Beijing
sent it officials abroad to explain Taiwan related issues and positions
? Beijing's double-dealing confused with us at any time. Zhang also
said the mainland "could understand" Taiwan's transition
to domestic government which he described as a "major world
trend". He went on to tout the mainland's own success with
limited elections at the village-level as evidence of Beijing's
conformity to this trend.
But at the same time, he said the mainland's giant 1.2 billion population
precedes the country from moving too fast or following the democratic
paths of other nations.
We puzzling comment Zhang (ARATS official) made in Singapore was
his warning to Taiwan not to take part in the U.S. based
Theater Missile Defense project. "No matter exists in this
area". So, Taiwan has no legitimate reason to take Part in
Zhang's double-dealing attack again that forgot about
the saber-rattling his government conduced in the Taiwan Strait
in late 1995 and early 1996.
Over Taiwan President's direct election, we find it hard to believe
that even he would have such a short memory. We trust in "one
country, two systems" is of no use of Taiwan. Only "one
country, one systems" do work for Chinese. What's
"one system"? The answer is only "democratic system"
can make really reunification with both sides of Chinese people.
Taiwan need your support. Chinese mainland needs your concern.