Aug 13,1999---Tony Blair, Gerhard Schroder, Jacques Chirac, Massimo D'Alema, John Howard, Keizo Obuchi

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Taiwan Tati Cultural
And Educational Foundation
B16F, No.3 Ta-Tun 2St.
Taichung, Taiwan, ROC
August 13, 1999.

Dear Mr. Prime Minister Tony Blair,
   Mr. Chancellor Gerhard Schr(der,
   Mr. President Jacques Chirac,
   Mr. Prime Minister Massimo D'Alema,
   Mr. Prime Minister John Howard,
   Mr. Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi,

"Recognizing that Taiwan is governed by a democratically-elected President. We strongly support President Lee's right to address Taipei's view of the Cross-Strait relationship," said a statement issued by Rep. Benjamin A. Gilman, chairman of the visiting U.S. House of Representatives International Relations Committee which departed Taiwan yesterday (Aug. 10, 1999). "President Lee should not feel pressured to negotiate (unification) until China is a democracy," Gilman said in the statement comments, which echo popular sentiment in Taiwan.

Lee's characterization of Cross-Strait ties is a clear reminder that progress in Cross Strait relations can never be at the expense of freedom and democracy on Taiwan or involve any sacrifice of the welfare and interests of the people of Taiwan. Mutual trust building between Taipei and Beijing, based on reality rather than diplomatic sham, is the genuine basis of lasting peace, progress and stability for all Chinese and the Asia Pacific region. If Cross-Strait talks are to be meaningful and substantive, then the two parties have to regard each other as equals.

The battle between the cult and the commissars has now reverted to the Internet. The government has blocked Falun Gong sites from all mainland Internet services and set up its own website --- "unveil Falun Gong for the Health and life of the people." This Chinese-language site contains criticism of the movement and testimonies from people who claim relatives or friends died because of Falun Gong teaching, the only reason for communist leader to against Falun Gong sect, that fearing the party would be changed to be a political force. The Chinese mainland was believed in a internal power conflict by leader's confrontation in which revealing the syndrome of psychosomatic reaction over hypersensitivity.

Since China signed the ICCPR, the 1999 Amnesty International Report says: "Hundreds, possibly thousands of activists and suspected opponents of the government were detained, thousands of political prisoners jailed in previous years remained imprisoned, many of them prisoners of conscience. Some had been sentenced after unfair trial, others were held without charge or trial. Political trials continued to fall short of international fair trial standards. Torture and ill treatment remained endemic in some cases resulting in death. The death penalty continued to be used extensively." China's commitment to human rights rings quite hollow and hypocrisy.

... Since the "state-to-state" problem is out in the open, I'd like to make the following observations. China has not yielded one inch on their one-China policy, even though it's been eight years since we officially stopped considering them an enemy. There have been 13 million visit by Taiwanese to China during that time; 30,000 Taiwan companies have a business presence in China and more than U.S.$30 billion in Taiwanese capital has been invested in China, but only 300,000 Chinese have visited Taiwan.

If we were to declare independence, it would be a major loss for China's economy. The Chinese communists now not only refuse to accept our proclaimed "special state-to-state" relationship," they will not even recognize that we are a legitimate political entity. They really need to revise this type of hegemonic attitude thoroughly.

The other point is that we must re-establish trust between ourselves and the U.S. ... I suspect that the strong reaction from the Americans this time around was the result of our total failure to inform them prior to our announcement of our new standpoint vis-a-vis Cross-Strait relations.

I feel that the American position is contradictory. On the one hand, they support our democracy but on the other hand they feel that we frequently stir up trouble, such as when we make an effort at pragmatic diplomacy, when President Lee visited to Cornell University and on other issues. But the U.S. must understand that this is a necessary process in the democratization of a nation. We cannot remain locked up in our homes all day out of fear of offending somebody. The U.S. cannot urge us to be a real democracy and then expect our government policy and the movements and actions of our government officials to conform entirely to U.S. demands. This is just not possible ... Shao Yu-ming KMT Deputy Secretary-general who presenting the views at Taiwan News (August 10, 1999).

Review the history, the Chinese communists were considered to have staged an armed rebellion against the "Republic of China", causing the "mainland" to be separated from the "ROC" territory. With the "ROC" government territory confined to Taiwan, Penghu, Kimen, and Matsu areas. The two President Chiangs proclaimed a period of mobilization against communist insurgency and regarded the communist regime as an "insurgent organization". The government continually advocated the "recovery of the mainland" and the "eradication of the
communist bandits."

As a result, the people of Taiwan for a extended period lived under the "white terror" brought about by martial rule. With bona fide intentions, President Lee recently re-described the current position of both Taiwan and the mainland. The remark not only acknowledged the legitimacy of the administration of the "People's Republic of China" on mainland, but also hoped that the mainland will likewise objectively acknowledge the existence of the "Republic of China" on Taiwan.

It hoped to discard the rigid policy of "no contact, no negotiations, no compromise" implemented by the Chiang family, and pave the way for Cross-Strait negotiations, on equal basis, for the reunification of China under a system of democracy, freedom, and equal distribution of wealth. This wish is rational, where lies the intent to "divide China"?

In our view, the mandate of heaven in Taiwanese people is to convert China into a full-fledged democracy by exposing it to Taiwan's experience. Our reunification is leading Chinese people go into democracy. "We are not talking about independence, but we have to be firm on the country's position to assure survival and goals for development," President Lee said.

On above reason, Taiwan needs your help.

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



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