June 25,1999-Trent Lott, Denny Hastert, Daniel TARSCHYS, Walter Schwimmer, Hans Christian Kruger

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Taiwan Tati Cultural
And Educational Foundation
B16F, No.3 Ta-Tun 2St.
Taichung, Taiwan, ROC
June 25, 1999.

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 relations.

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 direction.

Taiwan indeed needs your help.

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



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