Aug 9,1999---Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Madeleine Korbel Albright, Trent Lott, Denny Hastert, John Howard

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Taiwan Tati Cultural
And Educational Foundation
B16F, No.3 Ta-Tun 2St.
Taichung, Taiwan, ROC
August 9, 1999.

Dear Mr. President Bill Clinton,
   Mr. Vice President Al Gore,
   Mrs. Madeleine Korbel Albright,
   Mr. Trent Lott,
   Mr. Denny Hastert,
   Mr. Prime Minister John Howard,

How China responds at this time?
A. Communist China massive anti-America demonstrations over the Embassy bombing, leading to the stoning of the U.S. Embassy in Beijing.
B. It seizes a Taiwanese ship near the island of Matsu, accusing its crew of "smuggling".
C. It flies more than a hundred menacing sorties over the Taiwan Strait.
D. It denies the United States landing rights for military plane in Hong Kong.
E. It launches an intercontinental ballistic missile, with range designed to reach the United States.
F. It sentences two human rights activists to long prison terms (a total of seven sentenced since the Embassy bombing).
G. It launches a massive crackdown on the Falun Gong sect, a peaceful semi-mystical movement in China that the regime has decided to eradicate.

Communism is dead in mainland China, but the Chinese communist party is not. It clings to authoritarian role, aware that political reform is necessary, yet fearful that opening up the political process to mass participation might lead to its demise.

Beijing's leader know that their survival does not merely depend on their ability to keep the economy from faltering further --- a momentous task in itself because it entails overhauling the state sector and creating jobs for the huge numbers of unemployed. Disgruntled citizens seek more than economic security. They want to live in a society free of corruption and the arbitrary use of power.

What we have known today, a ruthless party dictatorship, communist in name only, savagely bent on maintaining its own power against all opposition. United States keeps feeding the Chinese economy and propping up over our much-touted "strategic partnership". It will soften China's internal repression, that is no more true than that American appeasement is softening China's external aggressiveness.

Clearly, China is determined to modernize its military forces, including its missile forces and nuclear capabilities to challenge U.S. military dominance in the pacific. The Chinese Peoples Liberation Army knows that its military capabilities are currently no match to America's. But as its military might increase. The Chinese regime will no doubt threaten the peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait and act more assertively to menace U.S. interests in the region. That is why the bipartisan Taiwan Security Enhancement Act is needed. The measure would increase cooperation between the U.S. and Taiwanese armed forces. In turn, the cooperation would deter Chinese threats against Taiwan and in the long term enhance security in the Asia-pacific region.

Mainland China has illegally seized a Taiwan ship, send jet fighters provocatively across the Taiwan Strait, repeatedly hurled threats at Taiwan and its elected President and test fired a new ballistic missile built in part with stolen U.S technology. It also has cracked down on a peaceful spiritual sect, rounding up hundreds of members for some old fashioned communist "re-education", and has sentenced democracy activists to terms of eight and nine years (or more) in prison on charges of "subverting state power".

On the other hand, the mainland China have made clear a sensitivity to the different system that exists on Taiwan. If "one China, two systems" was working in Taiwan, most of Taiwanese people is dissident and Taiwan army and military force would be charged by Beijing as "subverting state power" need "re-education" "wash-brain" and then migrated to battle zone of mainland.

Taiwan wasn't a colony have army and free entity, accustomed to democratic system, free talks and respect human rights, its very difference with Hong Kong...

A Canadian newspaper on Thursday (August 5, 1999) called on the west to stop kowtowing to Beijing by humiliating Taiwan, whose democracy may be new and not perfect but whose dissidents do not have to worry about being thrown in jail or "re-education camps".

So, Taiwan needs your support.

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



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