Jan 2,1999---Trent Lott, Newt Gingrich, Tony Blair

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

Dear Mr. Trent Lott,
        Mr. Newt Gingrich,
        Mr. Prime Minister Tony Blair,

Washington Dec. 31 ---
Mainland China's aggressive pursuit of U.S technology including sensitive military secret, hurt national security and calls for extensive reforms, a House Committee has concluded.

Committee members refused to discuss specifics Wednesday after unanimously adopting their report and did not release the 700-page document, much of which is classified.

Hong Kong, Dec. 31 ---
Hong Kong's main pro-democracy lobby will invite exiled mainland Chinese dissident Wang Dan as part of a series of activities to be launched here next month to mark the 10th anniversary of Beijing's Tiananmen Square massacre.

In our view, we watch the procedure is working or not?

We enjoy to hear that; Beijing, Dec. 31 ---
The United States announced a resumption of its suspended human rights dialogue with mainland China Thursday as sources revealed a dissident poet seven years in jail for subversion.

The other side; Taipei, Dec. 31 ---
President Lee Teng-hui said on Thursday that the ROC must continue to beef up its defense capabilities because of mainland China's constant military threats Lee made the statement during a high-ranking military officers promotion ceremony. The President said although the cold war ended several years ago, mainland China has continued to expand its military strength. Noting that Beijing's incessant military buildup has became a major distabilizing factor in the Asia-Pacific area, Lee said Taiwan must further upgrade its combat capabilities to maintain peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.

Mainland Chinese human rights activist Wei Jing-sheng yesterday (Dec. 31, 1998) met with Lin Yi-hsiung chairman of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), seeking the party's support for mainland democratic reform.

"I come to Taiwan to seek support for the mainland reform movement, not only from the ruling party but the opposition also" Wei explained. "Democracy is what we all pursue, it's our common goal, and it's very national for us who have survived authoritarian repression to feel sympathy for each other in pushing for democratic reform" Wei added. And Wei's remarks were echoed by Lin, when then cited the DPP's "supportive" and "compassionate" attitude towards the mainland's democratic movement.

"The DPP has long felt a strong connect to the mainland's reform groups as we both have been through a tough time in pursuit of our ideals" Lin noted. "In view of the fact that mainland China has not renounced its military threat against Taiwan, it will help Cross-Strait relations a lot if the mainland can avoid any military activists that can cause apprehension" The Affairs council (MAC) in Taiwan chairman Chang King-yuh told a new conference (Dec. 31, 1998).

In our view, we urged communist China to seriously consider the cooperation proposals raised by Taiwan, including a military trust mechanism, to help improve Cross-Strait relations. That Mr. Wang Daohan can visit Taiwan at an early date. Taiwan people would be happy to hear the negotiations on issues involving lesser political significance.

On the other hand; setting any preconditions for the visit will deviate the track. We hope to see that exchanges on grassroots democracy and joining force to help the mainland reform its state-run enterprise, and the more on sharing to resolve the Asian monetary crisis.

In the past, Beijing has pursued this formula --- "one country, two systems" merely as a political goal without a timetable for its implementation. Now with Hong Kong already under its control and Macao scheduled to return to its rule late this year.

Beijing is focusing its attention on Taiwan, warning to start a negotiating process for this island to unify with the mainland. This is why the mainland has in the last year maintained that unless Taiwan agreed to enter into political talks. It would not go along with this island's request for the resumption of a full dialogue between the Beijing-based Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait and Taipei Straits Exchange Foundation, the two semiofficial organizations set up to handle Cross-Strait exchange on behalf of their respective governments.

But Taipei's position on the unification issue is sharply different from Beijing's Taipei has repeatedly rejected the "one country, two systems" model, and maintains that unification must not be carried out until after democracy prevails throughout mainland China.

In our view; the most importance of mainland China is not to negotiate with Taiwan over political issues, how to improve human rights and implement Chinese democracy is to face reality of unification.

"I stressed the importance of respect for human rights, peace flourished when these rights are dully respected" Pope John Paul II's said in world day of peace message (Dec. 31, 1998).

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

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