March 25,1999---Al Gore

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Taiwan Tati Cultural
And Educational Foundation
B16F, No.3 Ta-Tun 2St.
Taichung, Taiwan, ROC
March 25, 1999.

Dear Mr. Vice President Al Gore,

Taiwan's Mainland Council (MAC) chairman Su Chi yesterday (March 22, 1999) said the president has to follow public opinion while handling Cross-Strait affairs.

Despite that, Su stressed that Taiwan's present mainland policy has been geared along the lines of public opinion. He also believes that Taiwan's mainland policy would not change significantly with the result of the 2000 presidential elections since the president will be elected by the people.

To Su's understanding, President Lee Teng-hui and vice-president Lien Chan are consistent in their political attitude toward mainland affairs, no matter whoever will be the president in the future.

The voice from Italian country that China is in accord with universal principles of human rights, but "with the realization that they must be based on the realities of each country" Zhu Bangzao, a spokesman for China's Foreign Ministry said. He cites changes in China's legal codes, saying with regard to human rights, "we are finding ourselves in the best situation in our history," "we have achieved great successes, even if ... as it always is with human rights, we have yet to attain perfection".

Can human rights be based on the realities of each country?

About 30 protesters staked out Jiang's talks with Italian leads. We Jingsheng, who was imprisoned in China for 18 years, urged European nations to keep up the pressure for reform.

In our views; the force of asking for human rights over mainland China is only a achondroplasia. Beijing insists that the Vatican must agree not to interfere in mainland Chinese internal affairs. In addition to another request of severing formal relations with Taipei, a demand to which the Holy See now appears to show a willingness to give serious consideration. But it will not be easy for the Vatican to meet the non-interference demand because Beijing sees as interference in its internal affairs Vatican's appointments of bishops for mainland China --- an important religious right of the Pope.

There is little likelihood for the PRC to yield on this issue for such a concession would mean sacrificing its sovereignty interests. "Human rights" is whole human's will, not any country can violate it. Unfortunately, what's not to interfere in mainland Chinese internal affairs that relate to violate human rights; it means that the Vatican must fully comply with PRC's religious laws and policies.

Manila, March 23 ---
Mainland China and the Philippines failed on Tuesday to resolve their quarrel over mainland Chinese structure in the disputed Spratly islands, and Manila said it might elevate the issue to the United Nations.

In our view, could United Nations stop such kind of business ? Reports said that Estrada met U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan in New York last week and asked him to help find a peaceful solution to the row. The Spratlys are a cluster of potentially oil-rich isles, reefs and rocky out crops, claimed wholly or in part by mainland China, Taiwan, Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei.

We need your help. Only "moral courage" can save our world.

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



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