Dear Mr. President Jacques Chirac,
Mr. Prime Minister Tony
Mr. Kofi A. Annan,
Reports from Taipei, Jan. 7 ---
A majority of residents support the holding of a plebiscite to determine
the island's future, but few backed the establishment of a "Republic
of Taiwan" by such a vote, according to survey results released
The telephone poll of 1,176 adults, conducted by TVBS cable television
channel, found that 53.3 percent of those interviewed endorsed the
proposal that a plebiscite be held to determine Taiwan future. However;
only 13.8 percent supported the idea of establishing a "Republic
of Taiwan" by holding a plebiscite. Meanwhile; 33.1 percent
either said they had no opinion about the issue or declined to respond.
Survey results also showed that more than 55 percent of the respondents
backed the proposals of holding a plebiscite to decide whether unification
should take place as well as the future national title and flag.
Observers said the TVBS poll indicates that citizens
increasingly welcome a direct vote to settle matters of national
importance. Vice President Lien Chan also said recently
that now may be good time to mull whether to enact a plebiscite
In our view; on the level of democratic Taiwan, Taiwan people have
rights to decide their future. Beijing's interruption hurt all free
countries. Beijing government needs more teaching by
your country, government and people.