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
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
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.