Jan 19,1999---Kofi A. Annan

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Taiwan Tati Cultural
And Educational Foundation
B16F, No.3 Ta-Tun 2St.
Taichung, Taiwan, ROC
January 19, 1999.

Dear Mr. Kofi A. Annan,

Taiwan is unlikely to dance to the PRC's tune in arranging for a visit to Taiwan by Wang Daohan, chairman of the Association for the Relations Across-the Taiwan strait (ARATS), a high ranking official said yesterday(Jan. 17, 1999).

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the official told the China Times Express that he did not understand why mainland authorities had ruled out the possibility of Wang making his trip to Taiwan before May. Mainland authorities might have tried to negotiate for the subjects for Wang's talk in Taiwan, the officials said adding that Cross-Strait political and economic issues might be the subjects mainland authorities most wish to talk about during Wang's visit to Taiwan

However; the officials said, Taiwan is unlikely to comply with all of the PRC's requests in arranging for Wang's visit. In Taiwan's opinion, Wang's visit was an agreement reached in Wang's talk with Koo Chen-fu, chairman of the Straits Exchange Foundation, during Koo's visit to Shanghai last October.

The official reminded mainland authorities that Taiwan did not raise any conditions or subjects for Cross-Strait talks before Koo made his historical visit to Beijing. "I believe that the visit itself is a avert meaningful activity, which may lead to a positive development in Cross-Strait relations", said SEF Deputy Secretary-General Chan Cchih-hung.

He urged Beijing not to spoil friendly Cross-Strait sentiments fostered in the Koo-Wang talks in Shanghai. SEF and ARATS are semi-official intermediary bodies in 1991 by their respective government to handle Cross-Strait exchanges in the absence of officials links.

In our view; mainland China will learn to tolerate difference in Taiwan, and respect Taiwan politic position in the world. Reunification would be achieved by only one system --- democratic system.

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



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