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
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
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
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
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!