July 13,1999---Bill Clinton, Trent Lott, Denny Hastert, Tony Blair, Jacques Chirac, Gerhard Schroder, Massimo D'Alema

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Taiwan Tati Cultural
And Educational Foundation
B16F, No.3 Ta-Tun 2St.
Taichung, Taiwan, ROC
July 13, 1999.

Dear Mr. President Clinton,
   Mr. Trent Lott,
   Mr. Denny Hastert,
   Mr. Prime Minister Tony Blair,
   Mr. President Jacques Chirac,
   Mr. Chancellor Gerhard Schr(der,
   Mr. Prime Minister Massimo D'Alema,

For about religion; Legislative Yuan speaker Wang Jin-pyng yesterday (July 8, 1999) said that the Holy See hopes Taiwan can understand its close interaction with China, despite the "unfairness" to Taiwan. Wang, who just returned from a 10-day European tour, made the remark at a press conference.

According to Wang, the Holy See's secretary for relations with the U.S. Jean Louis Tauran admitted that the Vatican has been treating Taiwan unfairly by engaging in a close relationship with the mainland and it appreciated what Taiwan has done for its some 300,000 Catholics.

In fact, the Cross-Strait relationship has long been a state-to-state relations, since it founding in 1949. The People's Republic of China has never for one day ruled Taiwan while the Republic of China on Taiwan has always maintained the essential elements that constitute an independent state, namely, people, territory and effective government.

To listen the voice of Beijing ---
A top state department official will visit Beijing next week to discuss reparations for the victims of the May 7 NATO bombing of the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade, the department said yesterday (July 11, 1999). State Department Legal Adviser David Andrews will follow up on a Clinton administration "offer of humanitarian payment" for the bombing victims and "discuss the issue of property damage" accused by the attack, a spokeswoman said.

From Taiwan side ---
President Lee Teng-hui's redefinition of Cross-Strait ties as "nation-to nation relations" has greatly shocked mainland China and may threaten future talks between Beijing and Taipei, mainland officials and scholars said yesterday (July 11, 1999). "Our first reaction to Lee's comments was that he was attempting to make two Chinas," said a mainland scholar close to Beijing's decision makers.

The comments are the strongest Lee has made against China's claim that "there is only one China of which Taiwan is a part." With the new positioning of Cross-Strait relations, Taiwan and China will no longer be called two equal political entities that should recognize each other's jurisdiction.

Internationally, we should try to consolidate the state level Cross-Strait relationship through all possible channels, such as clarifying and unifying various official and non-official terminology usage to avoid confusion due to the "one China" principle, insisting that Cross-Strait negotiations be conducted at the state level.

Instead of being treated as domestic talk; and seeking international arbitration on international affairs involving Taiwan and not China to highlight the fact that the two sides of the strait have mutually exclusive and independent sovereignties.

Domestically, we should try reform state institutions through constitutional revision, such as establishing a unicameral congress and a new constitutional system, empowering the people with the plebiscite right, stipulating that any unification proposals require the consent of the majority of the people; and revising education and cultural policies to strengthen the Taiwanese people's national consensus.

Insisting on a state-to-state Cross-Strait relationship and securing the support of the Taiwanese people are Taiwan's only way out.

Taiwan needs your support!

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



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