July 12,1999---John Howard

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Taiwan Tati Cultural
And Educational Foundation
B16F, No.3 Ta-Tun 2St.
Taichung, Taiwan, ROC.
July 12, 1999.

Dear Mr. Prime Minister John Howard,

Seoul, South Korea, July 7 ---
North Korea is building an underground missile launching site close to its border with mainland China in an apparent effort to shield its from possible attack, a Seoul newspaper said Wednesday. The site at Yongjudong, 20 kilometers (12.5 miles) from the border with China, is one of three underground missile facilities under construction in North Korea, said the Chosun Iibo, a national daily.

Quoting an unidentified Seoul government source, the paper said the facility poses a new problem for the United States, Japan and South Korea, which are trying to persuade the North's communist government to restrict its missile development. The Defense Ministry declined comment on the report. "The facility is being built on one side of a mountain facing mainland China. So it is very difficult to strike it with (U.S.) Tomahawk precision weapons," the paper quoted its source as saying.

The Yongjudong site about 70 percent complete, is 160 kilometers (100 miles) from Kumchang-ri, where North Korea was suspected of building an underground nuclear weapons plant. A U.S. team visited Kumchang-ri in May and found only half-finished empty tunnels.

From Tibet's side; the waiting game also is being played in Dharamsala, the Himalayan city in India where the Tibetan government-in-exile has been based since the Dalai Lama fled Tibet in 1959 after an abortive uprising against mainland Chinese rule. So the question is; if the Dalai Lama's influence is so enormous in spirit, will Beijing even let him back in person ? Nothing suggests that Beijing is prepared to contemplate a return. "Basically, they're waiting for the Dalai Lama to die," said Robbie Barnett, a visiting scholar on Tibet at Colombia university in New York, and a Dalai Lama supporter. "In the meantime, they're buying off the Tibetans," "What does the Dalai Lama want? We don't really know," said Barnett.

Broadly, he appears to be pressing for an arrangement for Tibet along the lines of "one country, two systems" formula offered to Hong Kong, that would give Tibet its own political and legal system, and free rein to run its own economy, but leave foreign affairs and defense to mainland China.

However; observers of Tibet say mainland China has given up all expectations of dealing with the Dalai Lama, even though the unresolved political question threatens the economic progress that underpins Beijing's control in the region. "All of us support the Dalai Lama," whispered one young monk, his eyes nervously searching for laves-dropping spies," "We're all longing for the day when he comes back," --- When?

Vice President Lien Chan said in an interview with CNN yesterday (July 8, 1999) that Taiwan does not oppose cordial relations between Washington and Beijing, but stressed that Taiwan's interests should not be sacrificed as a result. Lien reminded the world that mainland China has not yet renounced its policy of using force against Taiwan. He described the policy as "unwise", because it is not conductive to the development of Cross-Taiwan Strait relations.

The Vice President stated that Taiwan would not like to see increased tension in Washington-Beijing relations, because that would affect not only the U.S., and the mainland, but also the international community and the entire Asian region. Lien said that as a government leader he is highly concerned about the strained relations between the United States and China. "There is no change in our policy that Japan will never become a military power," Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi was quoted as saying during a three-day visit to China, which still holds vivid memories of Japanese brutality in the 1930s and 1940s.

The official China Daily English-language newspaper printed a full-page story on Friday on the 1937 massacre in Nanking in which thousands of people were killed by Japanese troops. But on the other hand, communist China never apologizes to its people for massacre and human right's deterioration.

Many other Asians worry that rich and powerful Japan may be tempted to become a military power as strong as that which subjugated much of the region in World War Two. The Japanese statement said Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji expressed concern over Tokyo's expanded military role in Asia and urged it to exclude Taiwan from the scope of Japan-U.S. defense guidelines which went into effect in May. "We want you to prove what you have said by action in future," Zhu was quoted as telling Obuchi.

Beijing fears the new military arrangements are designed to protect Taiwan --- which it views as a renegade province which must be reunited with the mainland --- in the event of mainland Chinese military action against the island. Beijing says it would take military action in the event of a declaration of independence from Taiwan, which says the mainland must become a democracy before reunification is possible.

Obuchi said Japan would not support Taiwan's independence and it would not interfere in the
issue. He urged Beijing to use its clout with North Korea to persuade the Stalinist state not to test-fire a ballistic missile believed capable of reaching the U.S. west coast.

In our views, communist China would instead Japan of tempting to become a military power. Beijing asked for what its want, and every country carefully dialogue with mainland China despite the justice or so call "human rights" and "democratic spirit".

Seoul, July 9 ---
North Korea is likely to go ahead with a second test firing of a long range missile despite warnings from South Korean and the United States, the domestic Yonhap news agency reported on Friday. Defense analysts say the missile would put Hawaii and Alaska with in striking distance.

However; North Korea's want is letting weapon to make big deal with United States, Japan, and South Korea, because of the long-range missile can tell anytime ....

Two-way trade between Taiwan and Australia reached U.S.$4.5 billion last year, with imports amounting to U.S.$2.913 billion, making the South Pacific nation the eighth biggest source of imports. In the past week, Australian officials, including Foreign Minister Alexander Downer, have repeatedly warned Papua New Guinea that such tie would destabilize the region and hurt Papua New Guinea's economy, noting that China's market is six times larger than Taiwan's.

Until now, Australia's relationship with Taiwan was friendly. The two nations sought to expand bilateral trade, tourism, transportation and cultural ties. This has intensified the sting of Australia's slap in the face. The sharp verbal blows from Beijing have been predictable; those from Australia have been stunning.

In our view, if they place any value on the future of their country's relationship with Taiwan, they now should stand back and let ties between Taiwan and Papua New Guinea run their natural course. This is not Australia's fight and it is none of Australia's business. Democratic Australia should keep the way of free will. Don't interrupt other country's diplomatic right to self-determination.

Australia officials have vocally criticized Papua New Guinea's decision to recognize the ROC in recent days, saying the move would turn the South Pacific into a diplomatic battlefield with Beijing and Taipei vying for influence.

There are few justice in our world. Exiled Chinese dissident Wang Dan condemned Beijing's crack down on pro-democracy activist as China held another dissident in criminal detention, a Hong Kong human rights group said yesterday (July 9, 1999), Wang also urged governments around the world to monitor the plight of the outlawed opposition China Democratic Party and support its members. Since NATO's bombing of China's Embassy in the Yugoslav capital Belgrade on May 7, China had detain more than 200 dissidents, the Hong Kong group said.

In our view, the strong communist China is a "trouble maker", it will threat Asian security. Democratic Taiwan needs your concern.

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



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