July 19,1999---Trent Lott, Denny Hastert, Javier Solana

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Taiwan Tati Cultural
And Educational Foundation
B16F, No.3 Ta-Tun 2St.
Taichung, Taiwan, ROC
July 19, 1999.

Dear Mr. Trent Lott,
   Mr. Denny Hastert,
   Mr. Secretary-General Javier Solana,

Stepped-up military activity on the mainland , Lin Chong-pin, vice chairman of the cabinet-level Mainland Affairs Council which makes mainland Chinese authorities has used Hong Kong media to threaten Taiwan, aiming to "affect people psychologically to the fullest extent," "What the mainland says and what it will do are not the same," he said. "If people here realize this they could be immune."

Hong Kong newspaper reported Saturday that mainland China was conducting military maneuvers in the Taiwan strait and that airports in the south were on alert as political tensions mounted. It is true that Taiwan is an autonomous island with democratically elected institutions and a prosperous economy. It is also true that China does not treat Taiwan as an equal partner, but disparages it as a "renegade province." And it is also true that Beijing uses the "one China" policy to isolate Taiwan, preventing it from joining the most important international organizations as well as punishing those countries who deviate from Beijing's own interpretation of the "one China" policy, as the U.S. and France have learned to their cost.

President Lee's "two-states" theory is an objective description of current Cross-Strait relations. But it is also an expression of the Taiwanese people's will to maintain the status quo until China democratizes. This is an safeguarding the welfare of the Taiwanese people.

How could it be called playing with fire? How could it be a recipe for disaster as China says? Beijing's leader asked for anything what's wants, and silly their behavior under the pretext of guarding communist's sovereignty, as Kosovo has shown, the world now is able to put concern for human rights above absolute respect for sovereignty. Beijing will allow neither a "Republic of China" nor "Republic of Taiwan". In fact, Taiwan people had a habit of democratic way for a long time.

On the other hand, President Lee has repeated said that the Republic of China on Taiwan is already an independent sovereign state and therefore does not need to declare independence.

No matter how these "state-to-state" reports and the threats contained within them are treated, the Taiwan public will surely grow more and more resistant to them the more frequently they are disseminated.

Beijing may be caught between hard-liners who want to bully Taiwan into ending its bid for equality in Cross-Straits ties and it need for international respect as a major power. The mainland has a massive military --- about 2.5 million active troops, 9000 tanks, 15,000 artillery pieces, 4,500 fighters and ground attack aircraft and 400 bombers, a small but proven nuclear missile arsenal and, according to state disclosures on Thursday (July 15, 1999), possibly even neutron bombs. Mainland China should be concerned as a powerful country.

Washington, the U.S. Justice Department investigation of campaign finance abuses was delayed but ultimately not impaired by mishandling FBI intelligence on possible mainland Chinese efforts to influence U.S. polities, Attorney General Janet Reno said Thursday.

In our view, mainland Chinese attempts to influence U.S. politics not only weapons' power, and but also interrupting security in United States' stability. However, the Cox reports, which charged that design information stolen by mainland China advanced its ability to make the smaller warheads, warned that in a regional conflict a modernized ICBM force, would pose a credible direct threat against the United States.

It "could have a significant effect on the regional balance of power, particularly with respect to Taiwan," the reports said.

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



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