Dear Mr. Trent Lott,
Mr. Denny Hastert,
Taiwan President Lee Teng-hui yesterday (Jan. 19, 1999) welcomed
a planned visit by China's top Taiwan-affairs negotiator, saying
it provided a good chance to facilitate mutual understanding.
Beijing Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait reiterated
last week that its chairman Wang Daohan would visit Taiwan at an
unspecified "appropriate time" this year following a landmark
visit to the mainland last October by Wang's Taiwan counterpart
senior statesman Koo Cheng-fu. "Although the time has yet to
be set, we welcome his visit" Lee told a visiting U.S. congressman.
"I always hope mainland leaders can visit Taiwan".
"Mainland leaders can further understand the condition of Taiwan's
democracy and the thinking of its people through such visits"
the President said.
Taiwan resists any terms of Beijing's announcement, saying union
is possible only after China adopts multiparty democracy.
In our view; that's "one China, one democratic system"
is whole Chinese wishes. On the other hand; China has consistently
pushed for talks of a "political" nature, but Taiwan insist
that any contact between them is what it terms "constructive
dialogue" as it considers referring to contact with Beijing
as "political dialogue" one step towards unification.
In our opinions; building up mutual trust is critical to developing
Cross-Strait relations because the two sides have been separated
for nearly half a century.
Chairman of the Democratic Progressive Party Lin Yi-hsiung yesterday
(Jan. 18, 1999) said Beijing has no say on the island's possible
participation in the U.S.-Japan joint antimissile defense project.
Dismissing Beijing's strong objections to Taipei's possible membership
in the TMD (Theater Missile Defense) project, Lin pointed out the
island has de(facto authority over its national defense. "It's
not unusual that Taiwan should has sufficient defense to protect
its population. And this principle shall remain unchanged
regardless of other opposing views" Lin said at a meeting with
U.S. congressman Douglas Bereuter. Lin told the U.S. visitor the
party believes the decision on the island's national status is up
to the people themselves, adding any changes to the status quo shall
be determined in a referendum.
We have the rights to decide our future either independence or
reunification. What's Beijing speak of both side is only unilateral
Taiwan needs your help. God blesses you.