Feb 20,1999---Bill Clinton

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Taiwan Tati Cultural
And Educational Foundation
B16F, No.3 Ta-Tun 2St.
Taichung, Taiwan, ROC
February 20, 1999.

Dear Mr. President Clinton,

Mainland China argues that including Taiwan in any regional missile defense system would violate international law and would severely damage already strained relations between Beijing and Washington.

Washington, Feb. 11 ---
The United States expressed unease Thursday at mainland Chinese construction on a disputed reef in the Spratly islands, calling it a "potentially provocative" gesture. "The Chinese construction in the South China Sea disputed island is a potentially provocative unilateral activity" State Department spokesman James Foley said.

Last month, Manila said Beijing was building a structure on the reef which the Philippines claims as its territory, adding that it would increase reconnaissance patrols and might dispatch more troops to the islands it occupies.

Meanwhile, Washington, Feb. 11 ---
The U.S. Defense Department on Thursday dismissed reports that mainland China recently intensified its deployment of missiles aimed at Taiwan, saying this was not a new threat. "We are aware of the growing deployment by the Chinese in recent years of missiles which have been placed near Taiwan ... This, however, is not a new threat" said Pentagon spokesman Capt. Mike Doubleday.

In our view; Beijing was growing military strength, continued human rights violations and huge trade surplus with the United States, is a real fact. "China's remarkable economic achievements, increasing diplomatic prominence and growing military strength over the course of the past decade have made the utility of constructing a cooperative relationship with China all the more pressing" said Stanley Roth, U.S. assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs. "Many experts consider China the greatest foreign policy challenge facing the U.S. today, and with good reason." He told members of a House of Representatives Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific.

We have the same views that Representative Dana Rohrabacher called U.S. policy in China a disaster.

"The policies of this administration are not leading to peace, they are not leading to prosperity, and they are certainly not leading to freedom for anybody." The California Republican said. It is out of reason to say so; mainland China warned on Thursday that its diplomatic row with Taiwan over the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia could affect U.N. peacekeeping efforts in the Balkan region. The remarks stoked concern in the United States that the U.N. mission would be held hostage to Beijing's diplomatic battle with rival Taiwan.

"We're not unconcerned about it but we hope and expect that other countries will make their decisions based on the important role that plays in promoting stability in the region" U.S. State Department spokesman Jame Rubin said on Wednesday (Feb. 10, 1999).

Taiwan might soon find itself faced with difficulty in maintaining the balance of power in the strait. Taiwan needs to call the attention to the prospect of the United States, which has committed to preserve peace and stability in the region.

On the other hand; mainland China's continued military expansion is not just a matter of concern to Taiwan, but also to other nations in the region. An escalation of military tension in the Taiwan Strait would certainly pose security concerns for all regional countries.

Taiwan needs your support.

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



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