July 3,1999---Trent Lott, Denny Hastert

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

Dear Mr. Trent Lott,
   Mr. Denny Hastert,

Secretary Albright said, "Instead of worrying about a decision that has not been made to deploy defensive technologies that do no yet exist, China should focus its energies on the real source of the problem --- the proliferation of missiles.... Nothing would better serve China's interest than using its developing dialogue with Taiwan to build mutual confidence and reduce the perceived need for missiles or missile defense."

The administration believes that any arrangements concluded both sides should be on a mutually acceptable basis, and because Taiwan is a democratic system. It is the Taiwan public that ultimately must approve any such arrangements.

Beijing regards Taiwan as a wayward province that must be brought back under its rule. Mainland China has refused to rule out the use of military force in the event Taiwan seeks independence. Taipei would deny any independence attempts but demands that safeguard human rights as precondition of any unification talks.

Nevertheless, mainland China is preparing to test a new mobile intercontinental ballistic missile which the CIA believes was build, using stolen U.S. warhead and missile secrets, the Washington Times reported Monday (June 27, 1999). Mainland China's DF-31 incorporates technology from either the W-88 --- the most advanced U.S. nuclear warhead --- or the order W-70 warhead, according a report released last month by a special congressional committee. That report pointed to gaping holes in security and counter espionage efforts at U.S. nuclear laboratories and claimed that mainland China stole secrets to every key U.S. nuclear warhead made sine the '70s.

Democratic Taiwan not so call "mainland's Taiwan, Beijing's Taiwan, but world's Taiwan. Taiwan has never shirked political talks, political differences have been the main stumbling black in all aspects of our relationship. Only by resuming negotiations can these political obstacles be removed. In our side, Taiwan has repeatedly called for constructive talks with China, without them would agreements come from ?

On the other hand Taiwan's mainland policy is very much close to what Roth has proposed. It was the second time since March that Roth made the interim agreement proposal. Nothing better than any so called interim agreement, that Beijing could increase mutual trust by renouncing force or endorsing Taiwan's membership in international organization. Roth's proposal should be given serious consideration by both Taipei and Beijing.

Taipei, in fact, has been pursuing such an approach in addressing relations with Beijing. If the three pacts, which involve fishing disputes, hijacking and repatriation of illegal immigrants, can be signed in Taipei, it will go a long way towards reducing friction and smoothing relations across the Taiwan Strait.

The root cause for the failure of the two sides to make key breakthroughs in bilateral relations has been Beijing's intransigent position on the sovereignty issue. Beijing has insisted that Taipei must first accept its so called one-China principle or, in other words, its claim that Taiwan is a province of the PRC. This Beijing claim has led communist leaders to refuse to recognize Taiwan's political sovereignty, not even its judicial authority, and this has been the reason behind Beijing's unwillingness to sign any agreements with Taipei over the years.

Unless Beijing now decided to soften its position and make some concessions on the sovereignty issue or temporarily set aside the dispute in favor of dealing with less sensitive, but more practical issues. It will never be possible for Taiwan and the mainland to sign any "interim agreements", as proposed by Roth.

Taiwan needs your help and very thanks your justice, for supporting democratic Taiwan.

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



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