Dear Mr. Trent Lott,
Mr. Denny Hastert,
Mr. Washington Post Editor,
China yesterday (May 18, 1999) ruled out a revolution of the 1989 crackdown on
pro-democracy protests in Tiananmen Square, saying the decision to use
military force against unarmed students was correct. "It is a conclusion which is
supported by all Chinese people and it will never be changed." Foreign
Ministry spokesman Zhu Bangzao said. China said force had to be used to prevent the
political turmoil from endangering the country's stability.
After NATO's bombing of China's Belgrade Embassy, the Chinese regime has stoked this
nationalism to deflect attention from its own corruption, and to reinforce its legitimacy
at a time when communist ideology is dead and the regime can't afford to bring down the
iron fist on its people as easily as in the past.
This cocktail of Chinese self-confidence and nationalism emerges at a time when America
is no longer China's ally against the Soviet Union but now the world's dominant power,
telling China what is can and cannot do. If we want China to fully democratize one day, we
have to encourage the incremental process, now under way there --- the opening
up of information flows.
International relations change all the time. It is difficult to predict what's going to
happen in the future. However, China cannot ask too much from the U.S. and the U.S. will
not say yes to everything China asks. But there is a possibility that China might increase
its arms sale to countries like North Korea and Pakistan, raising tensions in some parts
of the world and thereby forcing the U.S. to a compromise.
The bombing has reached a stage now at which many NATO members want to withdraw and turn
responsibility for Kosovo over to the United Stated Nations. NATO has undeniably spent a
fortune on the attack and the members of the organization now believe that responsibility
for Kosovo should be handed over to the U.N.. However, whether troops will go to Kosovo
will be up to China, which is a permanent member of the Security Council and can veto any
proposal to Yugoslavia.
On our conclusion; any resolution of disputes arising from the bombing should be
handled in a manner that is consistent with the principles of peaceful resolution. We
hope China can use this incident to reflect deeply on its past military intimidation of
Taiwan and renounce demonstrated its sincere intention to protect world peace.
We are worrying about bombing sequence. From our past experience in dealing with the
U.S. and China. We have learned that Taiwan's interests can be sacrificed to
U.S. and China ties.