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,
"What is even more important is that I put forward
this viewpoint ... to both clarify and assert that relations on
both sides of the strait are equal," President
Lee said, "Cross-Strait relations can only be positive
if discussions are conducted on an equal basis."
President Lee stressed that exchanges across the strait were essential
and that he still welcomed a visit from Beijing's top negotiator,
Wan Daohan, scheduled for Autumn, Lee told a visiting delegation
of from the U.S. House Committee, according to a statement from
the Presidential office (August 9, 1999).
Taiwan, already a free and democratic society, can be sure of safeguarding
its destiny in negotiations with the mainland only if the two sides
enter into the negotiations as equal negotiators. This is the reality,
and the hope, behind the "special state-to-state" perspective.
China has barred Pope John Paul II from visiting Hong Kong during
his Asian tour later this year, citing the Vatican's
diplomatic ties with Taiwan, Hong Kong bishop Joseph
Zen said yesterday (August 9, 1999). "The mainland
(China) says the Vatican has ties with Taiwan and no ties with us.
Therefore, such a visit is not convenient," Zen
Tensions between Beijing and Taipei have heightened dramatically
over the past month. China was infuriated when Taiwan President
Lee Teng-hui said on July 9 that Taipei-Beijing relations must be
on a "special state-to-state" basis.
Beijing isolated Taiwan diplomatic space, insists the Vatican must
cut ties with Taiwan before any talks begin, and must agree not
to interfere with China's internal affairs, which would mean foregoing
the right to appoint bishops should diplomatic relations be established.
China bans Christians worshipping outside of "patriotic"
churches set up to impose control by the Communist Party, which
has long linked Christianity with foreign imperialism. Many Catholics
in China worship in underground churches.
Taiwan's much-publicized U.S.$300 million aid project for Kosovar
refugees, and other poor Balkan countries has hit snags because
its diplomatic isolation is blocking implementation of the program,
the China Times reported yesterday (August 8, 1999). Many
of the Balkan countries which Taiwan wants to help maintain close
ties with China, which opposes Taipei's participation in any international
activities. ROC Premier Vincent Siew was scheduled
to make a fact-finding tour of Kosovo, during his just-concluded
Macedonia visit but had to abandon the plan because of objection
China banned the popular Folun Gong mediation sect after three
days of public protests heightened the government's fears the group
was a threat to communist rule. The ban on a sect with millions
of members highlighted official unease that such groups could become
rallying points for public anger at rising unemployment and rampant
corruption. Beijing is especially eager to strife dissent before
the 50th anniversary of communist rule on Oct. 1. Scores of people
have been jailed in a crackdown on political and labor activists.
After Beijing's "one China, two systems", Hong Kong became
megaphone, was used by Beijing authority, to strike at heresy of
In our view, the unreliable autocracy, as communist China, despite
the reality of Taiwan democratic system reveal centralization of
state power, only focus at controlling of mainland, and provoke
"nationalism", what it wants, is not "for
people" but for "territory".
So, Taiwan needs your support.