May 22,1999---Trent Lott, Denny Hastert

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Taiwan Tati Cultural
And Educational Foundation
B16F, No.3 Ta-Tun 2St.
Taichung, Taiwan, ROC
May 22, 1999.

Dear Mr. Trent Lott,
        Mr. Denny Hastert,

There is no reason for the Clinton administration to provoke Beijing, with which it has taken pains to cultivate mutually-beneficial relations to maintain peace and stability in this part of the world. Mainland China is, after all, a huge and lucrative market for the United States.

Winston Lord, former U.S. assistant secretary of state for east Asian and pacific affairs, said in Taipei two weeks ago that NATO's accidental bombing of the mainland Chinese Embassy in Belgrade was "the single most stupid intelligence mistake I have seen in my entire career." His words should be needed. Beijing, however reluctant, should accept the fact that the bombing was an accident, instead of a "deliberate criminal act."

It was a "tragic mistake", as President Clinton has said in his apology to the mainland Chinese people. Beijing should try to emerge from the shadow of the tragedy and try to repair the shattered relations. Whether the damaged ties can be rebuilt fast to prevent further deterioration depends on the collective wisdom of leaders in both countries.

There are extremists on both sides. For example, many "China bashers" in the U.S. are seizing this opportunity to attack the Clinton administration for its China policy. In mainland China, reformist leaders are under fire from hardline conservatives for cozying up to "American imperialists" which they said have never given up "gunboat diplomacy."

Already, the mainland's Xinhua News agency has labeled the Cox report as a looming "specter of McCathyism", a movement which drove the anticommunist with-hunts of the 50s.

A CNN-Time magazine poll over the weekend showed that mainland China is America's biggest threat --- bigger than that posed by Iraq, Russia, or Yugoslavia. It revealed 46 percent of Americans believe that Beijing poses a "serious threat" to the United States, with 34 percent seeing Iraq as a serious threat, 24 percent Russia and 16 percent Yugoslavia.

In our views, the way to remove that "serious threat" posed by Beijing that need more advanced programs under careful security to communicate with Beijing. At the results, as President Clinton to tell the World that "we hope to terminate communism in China", that's we hope the day would come.

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



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