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States and has withdrawn from human rights and nuclear proliferation talks.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
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".