May 15,1999---Bill Clinton, Madelein Korbel Albright

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Taiwan Tati Cultural
And Educational Foundation
B16F, No.3 Ta-Tun 2St.
Taichung, Taiwan, ROC
May 15, 1999.

Dear Mr. President Clinton,
        Mrs. Madeleine Korbel Albright,

Manila, May 13 ---
The Spratly islands now is southeast Asia's most serious security threat and a U.S. presence is crucial to contain any communist Chinese ambitions in the disputed area, defense experts said on Thursday.

"The common consensus ... is that ( the South China Sea dispute ) remains the No.1 flashpoint in our part of the world." Former Philippine Defense Secretary Renato Devilla told reporters after chairing a meeting of former Southeast Asian defense and military leaders in Manila. Tension flared in the area last year after Manila accused Beijing of building a military garrison on Mischief reef, which the Philippines claims Beijing says the facilities are shelters for Chinese fishermen.

"China is currently developing cruise missile technology that will be ready for action within six years," ROC Minister of National Defense Tang Fei told legislators yesterday (May 13, 1999). Tang revealed that China is developing cruise missiles and that it will probably have the first working model ready by 2003 or 2005. The cruise missiles will be much more effective military weapons than the guided missiles that China currently has in its arsenal.

NATO has said the missile strike, which killed three journalists in the China Embassy and wounded 20 others, was the result of a targeting error and has offered apologies and condolences to China and the families of the victims. The Chinese government was demanding an official apology even after President Bill Clinton, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and Secretary of Defense William Cohen all openly apologized. The Chinese government, acting in ill faith, delayed the broadcast to the Chinese public of any of those apologies.

In addition, the Chinese protests carried a massage to the United States and NATO that warns against involvement in China's internal affairs, specially concerning Taiwan and Tibet. China has suspended all military cooperation with the United States and has withdrawn from human rights and nuclear proliferation talks. The level of trust between Washington and Beijing has been damaged.

Milosevic's forces are widely blamed for the expulsion of more than 700,00 ethnic Albanians, nearly half of Kosovo's population before the strikes started. NATO is demanding a total withdrawal of Milosevic's forces from Kosovo, the return of refugees and deployment of an international peacekeeping force.

On the other hand, Mainland China has an imperative to settle the Taiwan issue. Taiwan is a flashpoint because it is the one issue on which the Chinese leadership may not be as objective as they normally would be. Singapore's senior Minister Lee Kuan Yew, 75, was quoted as saying in an interview due to be published in Asiaweek magazine Friday. " If the relationship is stable, there will be a measure of calm," the relationship include mainly on relations between the United States, mainland China and Japan.

Beijing want to spread the nationalism over Chinese people, has recently been angered by joint U.S.-Japan research on a regional missile defense shield, which could possibly help protect Taiwan. Beijing considers Taiwan a renegade province, and refuse to renounce the use of force in taking it back, despite the truth that Taiwan and Mainland China separated politically during a civil war in 1949, and Taiwan has since relied partly on U.S. support to deter invasion by Beijing. Beijing can not face the reality of Taiwan's sovereignty and respect democratic island. Communist China asked for "precondition" of its wants and anger at anything was inquired by its errors.

In our views; Beijing rigid stance on the erroneous missile strike issue need to be concerning about what is the purpose of its unusual plot. Can United States accept its overreaction? We support NATO's action, always, because "human rights" should be teaching with "tough cost".

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



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