June 4,1999-Trent Lott, Denny Hastert

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Taiwan Tati Cultural
And Educational Foundation
B16F, No.3 Ta-Tun 2St.
Taichung, Taiwan, ROC
June 4, 1999.

Dear Mr. Trent Lott,
   Mr. Denny Hastert,

Hong Kong, June 4 ---
Over 70,000 people packed Hong Kong's Victoria Park Friday, organized said, to commemorate the Tiananmen Square massacre in defiance of Beijing warnings, vowing to never forget the events of 10 years ago. "They will never cut off our voices," said dissident figurehead Wang Dan, who spoke to the crowed by telephone after authorities barred him from entering Hong Kong.

On contrary, in mainland China, to many older Chinese, today's empty youth culture is depressing, "This is a big step backward." Says Zhang Honhkai, 46, manager of the hot spot disco, and Xu's boss. He says his young customers just want drugs and money, "young people just say, who cares?" That's exactly what the government wants to see. "Yet to others, the generation gap itself is an encouraging sign of a growing sense of individualism among Chinese youths." Worm's philosophy is a simple one. "Take pleasure when you can" says the 21-year-old fashion consultant.

U.S. President Bill Clinton announced Thursday (June 3, 1999) "maintaining NTR (Normal Trade Relations) with China, as every 1980, will prompt America's economic and security interests, and I urge congress to support this decision." The decision to extend so called NTR status to mainland China, formerly most favored nation status, is the same decision Clinton has made annually since his election in 1992.

In our views, that most favored nation status, should improve in opening mainland China's market, but on the other hand, U.S. government could fix focus on Chinese democratic development. The renewing mainland China's U.S. trade privileges, urging congress to go along despite allegations that Beijing has stolen a wealth of U.S. nuclear weapons secrets ... Maybe achieve a new concept --- this a favor to China, but a means of "communist China" transform as a democratic country, but don't let's hurt Taiwan stability.

In our side, the WTO is a simple trade governing body and not a political organization. Therefore, there should not be any political consideration to Taiwan's entry. Communist China always ask for "unreasonable profit" from U.S., and other countries. Mainland China has repeatedly demanded that Taiwan not be allowed into the group before its own membership is finalized. China sees its full membership in the multilateral system as an important recognition of its growing power on the global one.

All countries, including the United States, would benefit from China's participation in the WTO's membership. Taiwan scholar Lin Yu-fang, professor of Tamkang university said in a round-table discussion on June 3, 1999. We always have the same idea of what he had said... "We're not only being sucked in diplomatically; we're being sucked in economically as well, when Taiwan is overly reliant on the U.S. military, the U.S. makes a lot of money from Taiwan. Then it can lead us around by the nose. So that our trade must be moved over to the U.S.. Taiwan basically has no ability to bargain with the U.S. over military matters. Taiwanese military leaders that have hammered out agreements with the U.S. don't feel very good about the American people.

The first shipment of spare parts for some F-16 fighters arrived in a big mess. So Taiwan had to send over a deputy commander-in-chief to protest bitterly. Compare this with the experience of military leaders who have worked with the French to purchase Mirage 12 fighters and Lafayette destroyers who have a remarkably good impression of the French people. Meanwhile, they hate Americans, Taiwanese air force and naval military officers are really impressed with the way the French people take responsibility for their actions. They used to think the French were romantic and warm-hearted and lackadaisical, but now they realize it's exactly the opposite.

In cooperating with the French people, they have found them to be very responsible and they keep their word, while Americans are just the opposite, so this experience of dealing with French and American people on military procurement really changed our military's way of looking at these people --- because the U.S. basically doesn't care about Taiwan.

Taipei reported that ...
It is the third crash of an F-16 since Taiwan began taking delivery in October, 1997, of 150 of the planes, purchased from the U.S.. Air force officers told a news conference that an irregularity in the plane's navigation guide device is suspected to be the chief cause of the accident.

Taiwan is "global Taiwan", need "global perspectives", former Taiwan provincial Governor James Soong, who arrived in San Francisco on June 4, 1999, at the invitation of the Asian Foundation and the University of California at Berkeley, made the remarks as he spoke about his recent trips to the Philippines and the United States.

On Taiwan's political development, Soong reiterated his supra-party and supra-ethnic stand, and said he believes that Taiwan's political figures should have regional and global vision, should promote the interests of Taiwan and speak out on the country's behalf. They should also make the international community realize that Taiwan is an important member of that community, that it has valuable contributions to make, and that it is well able to shoulder its international responsibility.

The presidential hopeful said that in addition to its own interests, Taiwan should stress its positive significance to Asia and the pacific, and the world community. If Taiwan can play a constructive role, it will be a great help to the situation in East Asia, he said. --- We want to say also!

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



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