Aug 23,1999---Trent Lott, Denny Hastert, Tony Blair, Jacques Chirac, Gerhard Schroder, Keizo Obuchi

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Taiwan Tati Cultural
And Educational Foundation
B16F, No.3 Ta-Tun 2St.
Taichung, Taiwan, ROC
August 23, 1999.

Dear Mr. Trent Lott,
   Mr. Denny Hastert,
   Mr. Prime Minister Tony Blair,
   Mr. President Jacques Chirac,
   Mr. Chancellor Gerhard Schr(der,
   Mr. Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi,

Taiwanese people still looks forward to bilateral negotiations should thus be held on an "equal and reciprocal" basis.

On the other hand, both sides could start new steps of "political negotiations" on equal position.

Either side of the Taiwan Strait stand two countries with completely different systems, one is communist China and the other is democratic Taiwan. This is neither a "theory" nor a "policy," but a simple and clear reality. All "theories" and "policies" contradicting realities, such as the "one China" policy of the US and China cannot be successfully implemented.

Harry Truman's battle against communist China, Jimmy Carter's severing of formal ties with Taiwan, Chiang Kai-shek's vow to "retake the mainland," Mao Zedong's cannonade of Kinmen, Jiang Zemin's verbal attacks and military threats and Clinton's "three no's" principle all resulted from refusals to acknowledge either the existence of communist China or democratic Taiwan as a reality, and attempts to forcibly promote principles or policies contradicting reality. What has resulted from these attempts? Mao could not take over Kinmen, Chiang failed to counterattack, Truman did not defeat the communists, Jiang did not scare Taiwanese people, and Clinton's denial of Taiwan's sovereignty encouraged China's militarism.

Besides creating repeated crises in the Taiwan Strait, the "one China" myth has not benefited anyone.

China kept up pressure Thursday (Aug. 19, 1999) on the Taiwan issue, warning the United States through the United States through the state media that it was fully prepared to launch an attack on the island if necessary, regardless of the cost.

The official Global Times issues the warning in a lengthy commentary under the front page banner headline, "U.S.A, do not mix in." The Chinese government has always been devoted to a peaceful resolution of the Taiwan issue, but if the Taiwan authorities think the mainland can only launch a propaganda or psychological war, they are mistaken," it said.

In our view, foreign aggressions often awaken a nation from its slumbers and thus help make it strong.

Understanding your enemy and yourself is the key to victory. Taiwan people must identify the root of the 'crisis" and not be overwhelmed by panic.

First, China is the root of the crisis. Jiang's two political campaigns against Lee (ie, the suppression of Falun Gong and the attack on Lee's "special state-to-state" model) were aimed to create panic in Taiwan and shift focus from the most serious internal political crisis in China since the PRC's birth.

AMES, Iowa, Aug. 14 ---
U.S. presidential frontrunner George W. Bush said Saturday he might use force to defend Taiwan against aggressions from mainland China if he were elected.

"We need to be very resolute about our position when it comes to Taiwan," the Texas governor said in a CNN interview.

Bush, the son and namesake of the former president, said U.S. President Bill Clinton should make it clear that the United States would adhere to the spirit of, and the law, of the Taiwan Relations Act."

"The president has made a mistake of calling China a strategic partner," he said. "I think he sent bad signals to China that says, 'Well, if you decide to move aggressively against Taiwan, we won't act, necessarily.'"

WASHINGTON, Aug. 15 ---
Elizabeth Dole, fresh from what she called a great victory in the first test of her presidential aspirations, said Sunday she would use U.S. forces if necessary to defend Taiwan from communist Chinese military attack.

"President Dole would do so," she said when asked in a television interview if she would deploy the U.S. military to defend Taiwan.

The US is, after all, a modern democratic country. Jiang may be Clinton's master, but he will never be the master of the American people. Stanley Roth's statement that the US has issued six warnings to both sides of the Taiwan Strait within 48 hours is an attempt to bluff Congress and discourage a bill to strengthen Taiwan's security. Of course, the talk also sought to please Jiang and exert pressure on Taiwan. However, the talk has not been effective. Democratic Taiwan does not threaten communist China. Exerting pressure on Taiwan is therefore senseless. Pandering to Jiang does not help Jiang resolve China's internal crisis. As for the US congress and people, they support democratic Taiwan's security and oppose communist China's militarism. Clinton's "one China" policy, based on a fear of China and the belittling of Taiwan, won't last much longer. A New York Times article says that Clinton's endorsement for communist China is puzzling. The article asks why the US, a free country, is supporting a totalitarian regime and a threat to the US? My explanation for such behavior is foolish self-deceit and a refusal to learn from history.

It is worth stressing, democratic Taiwan is not the root of any crisis. Taiwan has neither threatened China nor aimed its missiles at Guam and Hawaii. Taiwan does not intend to create any "crises" or "trouble." Acknowledging the reality of a special state-to-state relationship across the Taiwan Strait is central to the 22 million Taiwanese people's sacred right to survive, develop, and protect national sovereignty. No one may deprive any one of such rights.

To avoid becoming a chess piece in a game between China and the US, both the people and government of Taiwan must stand firm on their principles, be confident, self-reliant and have self-respect. National security depends on effective internal administration, strong democratic institutions, a flourishing economy, advanced technologies, good social order and social stability. Taiwan's security is in no danger, provided its people and military keep faith.

In 1996, Taiwanese people defeated missiles with voted. Taiwan's democracy is even stronger today. In contrast, communist China is in great crisis right now. Timing, geography, and popular will are on the side of Taiwan. Rage, isolation, and popular discontent side with China. In year 2000, Taiwanese people are certain to defeat China once more with their votes.

On above reason, Taiwan needs your support.

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



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