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
"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
Taiwan needs your support.