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,

"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 said.

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 by China.

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 other countries.

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.

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



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