Jan 18,1999---Trent Lott, Denny Hastert

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Taiwan Tati Cultural
And Educational Foundation
B16F, No.3 Ta-Tun 2St.
Taichung, Taiwan, ROC
January 18, 1999.

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 and Macao.

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 TMD.

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.

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



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