Dear Mr. Trent Lott,
Mr. Denny Hastert,
Mr. Secretary General Daniel TARSCHYS,
Mr. Secretary General Walter Schwimmer,
Mr. Deputy Secretary General Hans Christian Kruger,
"We have repeatedly stressed that Taiwan can enter the WTO as an
independent customs territory, but only after the mainland becomes a full WTO
member." Beijing said (June 21, 1999). Mainland China has rejected
NATO's explanation that the May 8 bombing which sparked huge anti U.S. demonstrations
across mainland China, was a mistake.
Beijing, June 24 ---
Mainland China on Thursday defended a world bank project to move 58,000 poor farmers on to
Tibetan lands and accused Washington of interfering in its domestic affairs by seeking to
block the project.
Beijing insisted what its wants, but Taiwan not.
It may wrongly indicate to the rest of the world that Taiwan is qualified to join only
non-governmental international agencies, an unfair position.
As a sovereign state officially known as the Republic of China, Taiwan has the
legitimate right to join any governmental world body. Taiwan must face up to the realities
of international politics confronted with Beijing's unrelenting effort to isolate it
internationally. Taiwan must continue to follow a pragmatic strategy in promoting foreign
Meanwhile, it is becoming increasingly difficult for Taiwan to gain international
participation, even in non-governmental agencies, because of heightened intervention from
mainland China, backed by its growing influence in the world arena. Thus, it is vitally
important for Taiwan to continue to gain the support of the U.S., in particular, Congress,
in Taiwan's efforts to break the diplomatic isolation imposed by Beijing.
Taiwan itself must work harder to win greater international recognition by trying to be
more active in fulfilling internal obligations. The U.S.$300 million aid
package for Kosovo, as announced recently by the government, is a wise move in that
Taiwan indeed needs your help.