April 5,1999---Al Gore

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Taiwan Tati Cultural
And Educational Foundation
B16F, No.3 Ta-Tun 2St.
Taichung, Taiwan, ROC
April 5, 1999.

Dear Mr. Vice President Al Gore,

Exiled mainland Chinese dissident Wang Dan arrived in Taiwan on March 27. Wang showed particular interest in learning what Taiwan's opposition parties have achieved. "I would like to learn how Taiwan is capable of remaining stable in light of Asia's financial woes," he said at a press conference, "the most important lesson that Taiwan has taught the mainland is that democracy can be implemented in a Chinese society."

Taiwan people do their way; and forgetting the grievous past two decades diplomatic ties with Taipei so Washington could recognize Beijing. Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter began a historic visit on March 29 to the island that once called him a traitor and still nears some lingering resentment. Carter visited at the invitation of a private think tank and gave a speech on international issues March 30 in which he refused to apologize for cutting ties with Taiwan. "I felt that this relationship (with the mainland) would help to realize my dream and that of many others by a stable and peaceful region within which you live," said Carter, adding that his actions may have helped Taiwan's economic and democratic progress in the long run.

Public protest over the visit was small, because Taiwan people is used to tolerance any kinds of speech, whether it is fantasia or self-talker.

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



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