July 30,1999---Al Gore, Madelein Korbel Albright, Trent Lott, Denny Hastert, Kofi A. Annan

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Taiwan Tati Cultural
And Educational Foundation
B16F, No.3 Ta-Tun 2St.
Taichung, Taiwan, ROC
July 30, 1999.

Dear Mr. Vice President Al Gore,
   Mrs. Madeleine Korbel Albright,
   Mr. Trent Lott,
   Mr. Denny Hastert,
   Mr. Kofi A. Annan,

The International Covenant On Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) states in Article 18. "Everyone shall have the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. This right shall include freedom to have or to adopt a religion or belief of his choice, and freedom, either individually or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in warship, observance, practice and teaching."

It is ironic that China made such a media event out of its commitment to the ICCPR earlier this year. The government of China simply does not want its people to have split loyalties or to have a higher or different goal than the government does. The government of China also has the historical fear that a popular religious movement could turn into political reformation. Religious rights are fundamental. They should not be sacrificed in the name of "state interest" or "social stability".

Following the sharpening mainland Chinese rhetoric against Taiwan, an academic is urging communist China's generals and leaders to take military action to show Taiwan that it is vulnerable. Kuomintang heavyweight Liu Tai-ying said at a seminar that Taipei would launch guided missile attacks on the waters around Hong Kong and Shanghai in the event of a Cross-Strait conflict. The missiles would be aimed at the outer waters only with the goal of creating havoc in the economy there, Liu said. The remark made big waves in the Hong Kong press, although Liu downplayed it when questioned by local reporters, saying he was only at the seminar in a scholarly capacity.

In an apparent criticism of the U.S., mainland Chinese Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan slammed countries that bypass the United Nations to get their own way and "bully" others in the name of human rights. Tang criticized the violation of smaller nations' sovereignty by larger powers, "The claims such as the supremacy of human rights over sovereignty ... are in essence excuses," Tang said.

China's Foreign Minister warned the world against interfering in its stormy affairs with Taiwan (July 26, 1999) at a security meeting that includes the United States, Japan, Russia, South Korea and Southeast Asia, after slight shock of Taiwan's "state-to-state".

"China's territory and sovereignty are indivisible and brook no violation or interference," Tang said in a speech at an association of South East Asia Nations regional security forum.

Somewhat stress the Japan. After WWII, Japan banned the production of nuclear weapons and adopted a pacifist constitution barring it from offensive military action. Now, nearly 54 years after the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki that changed the nature of warfare forever, mounting tension in Asia have prompted Japan to begin reevaluating its position in the world, so let us to remind who is "trouble maker"?

NTR foes tarred Beijing as a chronic human rights abuser, charged that engagement had not halted communist Chinese proliferation of weapons to U.S. foes, and that mainland China blocked U.S. goods from its markets, leading to a widening U.S. trade deficit. "It is time for this congress to say enough is enough!" Democratic Representative William Pascrell thundered on the chamber floor before blasting China's unconscionable human rights abuses. "It is common sense to appreciate that China will not respond positively to draconian trade sanctions," said Republican Representative Bill Archer, chairman of the powerful ways and means committee.

Beijing, July 28 ---
Mainland China Wednesday said a U.S. congressional vote to continue Beijing's normal trade status with the United States was a "wise decision", as the two sides continued to mend fences after NATO bombing of Beijing's embassy in Belgrade ... but on the other hand, who caused the crisis of Kosovo?

President Lee Teng-hui yesterday (July 28, 1999) retaliated a further barrage of verbal abuse from Beijing, saying he was not a "troublemaker", but only a leader who wanted peace and eventual democratic reunification for both sides of the Taiwan Strait. "The ROC is an independent sovereign country," Lee emphasized, adding that the goal of the ROC is still to obtain a peaceful prosperous, democratic and free reunified "New China" in the future.

However, Lee pointed out over 300,000 ROC businessmen had invested over NT$30 billion in the PRC, so the ROC had made a huge contribution to the PRC's economic development. China had its policy of stripping Taiwan on three fronts;

--- wresting away a number of our allies.
--- blockading all routes of political survival for Taiwan.
--- taking away any of our remaining international bargaining chips.

China is in danger of becoming alienated from its neighbors and starting a new Cold War as the burgeoning regional power sides a surging wave of nationalism, an East Asian affairs expert said (July 27, 1999). "Nationalism is so popular in mainland China that most people see it as the necessary glue to hold the nation together," Edward Friedman, political science professor at the university of Wisconsin told the Taiwan news. Friedman said that no leader in China would be willing to stand up against rising tide of nationalism and point out the dangers of walking down such a path.

The speedily surging sentiment has also led to a phenomenon in which everybody in China sees everything --- including Falun Gong, an exercise and meditation group --- as threatening the Unity and stability of the country, the scholar said. "Inside of China, they think the Clinton administration is anti-China. They think he is the enemy of China. In popular opinion, he is even portrayed as a Hitler leading Nazi forces to attack China."

On conclusion, "give Chinese attitudes, no matter how open everybody has been to China, China still sees everybody as unfriendly, out to contain and crush China." From the history of communist China, never let powerful country (U.S.) to be a friend of China, that would suffer from delusion of persecution.

Nevertheless, Taiwan is ill-prepared for Beijing's military invasion. "If patriotism, nationalism, the willingness to fight for democracy is so fragile in Taiwan, then Beijing already has a psychological advantage," retired U.S. Navy Admiral Michael Mc Devitt said Chien's assessment of Taiwanese low moral is a great cause for concern.

We know that Taiwan cannot totally depend on U.S. intervention, it is far more important to develop its own defense capabilities. However, we want your concern about the worst outcome over Chinese invasion.

Taiwan needs your help.

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



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