Jan 22,1999---Al Gore, Madelein Korbel Albright

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Taiwan Tati Cultural
And Educational Foundation
B16F, No.3 Ta-Tun 2St.
Taichung, Taiwan, ROC
January 22, 1999.

Dear Mr. Vice President Al Gore,
        Mrs. Madeleine Korbel Albright,

In Taiwan; hoping to avoid sabotaging a renewed dialogue with China, Taiwan won't try lure any nations into becoming new diplomatic allies ahead of an upcoming visit by Beijing's top negotiator, Minister of Foreign Affairs Jason Hu said. But any truce in the race to gain more diplomatic recognition apparently would be temporary. Taiwan won't halt efforts to mainland an independent international profile. Hu was quoted as telling reporters, in comments carried by the United Daily News yesterday (Jan. 20 1999).

Still, the island will not actively try to attain with any more countries in the run-up to the visit by Wang Daohan, a senior Chinese statesman responsible for negotiating with the island, the paper quoted Hu saying. Hu's remarks would seemingly indicate Taiwan will refrain from its usual tactics for winning new friends at least for now. Wang has said he will travel to Taiwan this year, but no firm date has been set for his visit.

It is a good view from President Bill Clinton, reacting to a crackdown on dissent in China, told Beijing on Tuesday (Jan. 20, 1999) that stability could not be bought at the expense of freedom. He added "And I say again to the American people; it is important not to isolate China. The more we bring China into the world, the more world will bring change and freedom to China". U.S. officials have said the crackdown aimed at advocates of a multiparty system in the one-party state, could spoil a visit to Washington in April by Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji.

We enjoy such announcement that United States can do its justice.

Good air condition on Taiwan that Taiwan has decided to repatriate nine convicted hijackers back to China, China's state-run Xinhua News Agency reported yesterday (Jan. 20, 1999). China welcomed the decision and urged Taiwanese authorities to send back all other Chinese hijackers as soon as possible, Xinhua reported.

At one time, Taiwan welcomed Chinese hijackers as anticommunist heroes, but began prosecuting them as tension with China decreased in the 1990s.

Nevertheless; China's Communist Party leaders are nervous about any acts that might galvanize public discontent in the run-up to this year's 10th anniversary of the democracy movement. In November, they began a sharp clamp down on dissent, targeting the nascent China Democracy Party.

However; mainland China needs your concern.

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



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