April 12,1999---Trent Lott, Denny Hastert, Al Gore

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Taiwan Tati Cultural
And Educational Foundation
B16F, No.3 Ta-Tun 2St.
Taichung, Taiwan, ROC
April 12, 1999.

Dear Mr. Trent Lott,
   Mr. Denny Hastert,
   Mr. Vice President Al Gore,

In view of NATO over Kosovo crisis, if the alliance can preserve the unity it showed last week (April 6, 1999), it should be able to pressure Milosevic's forces over time, and ultimately prevail. Meanwhile; according to Peter W. Rodman, director of National Security programs at Nixon center on April 9, he noted, Beijing's diplomatic effort is reminiscent of the Soviet bluster against NATO's Euro missile deployment in 1983; it should be resisted just as firmly, whether concerning Taiwan or some other U.S. saying, "How are you take steps to defend yourselves against the weapons with which we now choose to intimidate you." "This is not a position that China should seriously expect the United States to accept" Rodman concluded.

The TRA was acted as a special law needed to regulate the U.S. relations with Taiwan in the absence of formal ties, on Dec. 15, 1978. U.S. President Jimmy Carter announced that Washington was establishing diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China and cutting formal ties with the island. U.S. restrictions in its dealing with Taiwan authorities --- restrains not required by U.S. or international laws have made a mockery of America's stated respect for democracy, says Stephen J. Yates, a senior policy analyst at the Heritage Foundation's Asian studies center in Washington. Yates was referring to the banning of visits by high-ranking officials from Taiwan as well as the prescription of what he calls "ridiculous" guidelines as to where the U.S. and Taiwan can negotiate.

"Not only has this petty apartheid gone beyond the diplomatic sanctions which the U.S. imposes on hostile governments, but in due course it will also cause misunderstandings, making conflicts more likely", Yates said in an interview. "The President seems more concerned that Taiwan might threaten Beijing with independence than he is with the fact that Beijing is threatening Taiwan with missiles."

Clinton's statement of the "three No's" in Shanghai, for instance, appeared to be an attempt to appease the aggressor in the Cross-Strait struggle. But Yates also argues that Congress and regulation within the Taiwan Relations Act still appear capable of keeping the President from taking his relations with the mainland too for at the expense of Taiwan.

The primary threat to peace and stability in Taiwan Strait is the refusal by Beijing authorities to renounce the use of force against Taiwan. "I do believe that confidence building measures would be useful, but it is primarily the responsibility of the aggressor to reduce tension and build confidence --- better than any interim agreement. Beijing could increase mutual trust by renouncing force or endorsing Taiwan's membership in international organizations" Yates said.

We do agree with Yates's said, "In shorts, Beijing will never build confidence in Taiwan as long as it emphasizes what it is prepared to do to Taiwan, instead of what it is prepared to do for Taiwan," he added, Yates says.

In our views, the TRA has been put to the test and has shown its strengths. The U.S. should do more to recognize and reward Taiwan's democracy.

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



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