Dear Mr. Trent Lott,
Mr. Denny Hastert,
Mr. Secretary-General Javier Solana,
Mr. Neil Andrew,
Ms Margaret Reid,
Mr. Kofi A. Annan,
If this can be endured, what else can not? International
justice is the best judge of who's right and who's wrong.
The U.N. supervised vote of East Timor's peaceful election, giving
peacekeeping force. However; save democracy is a hard work. So,
save democracy, save Taiwan.
DILI, Indonesia, Aug. 21 ---
A U.S. congressional delegation demanded on Saturday that the United
Nations rush an armed peacekeeping force to Indonesia's trouble
East Timor before escalating violence endangers an independence
"I'm afraid that if we don't have some peacekeeping here that
the intimidation and the level of violence might increase to the
point where the election could be in jeopardy. And we cannot let
that happen," said Sen. Tom Harkin.
The Iowa Democrat said he would make an immediate plea to U.S.
President Bill Clinton for peacekeepers.
He claimed there was strong evidence that Indonesia's military
has worked with anti-independence militias waging a campaign of
terror to derail the Aug. 30 vote.
"I am going to recommend to the president that
he recommends to the (U.N.) Security Council that they get some
peacekeeping forces down here in a hurry," Harkin
The delegation, which also includes Democrats Sen. Jack Reed of
Rhode Island and Rep. Jim McGovern from Massachusetts, made the
same pledge to a crowd of villagers after touring trouble spots
in East Timor's western region, which has been wracked by bloodshed
The displace Timorese are among thousands sheltering in makeshift
camps, churches and schools across the half-island territory after
fleeing the violence.
The U.N.-supervised vote will give East Timor's people the choice
between full independence and staying part of Indonesia as an autonomous
Independence groups predict the vast majority of Timorese will
choose to break away from Indonesia, which invaded the former Portuguese
colony in 1975 and triggered decades of civil strife and guerrilla
Communist China shouted or laughed at the top
of its voice, because it can do as its please; and followed inclinations,
without self-control that warning U.S. presidential candidates to
WASHINGTON, Aug. 25, 1999 ---
Mainland China is warily watching U.S. presidential candidates weigh
in on its escalating tensions with Taiwan as their campaign promises
may paint them in hard-line corner when they take office in 2001.
Mainland Chinese Ambassador Li Zhaoxing lashed out at "American
politicians" Thursday for their tough talk on defending Taiwan
in the event of an attack from Beijing over Taipei's independence
"We believe that this is a very dangerous statement,"
Li said. "Taiwan is part of China. Taiwan is not Florida. Taiwan
is not Florida. Taiwan is not Hawaii or Guam. The issue of Taiwan
is entirely China's internal matter."
It is of no use for asking a tiger for its skin;
that the same experience from Beijing to Pyongyang's unpredictable
Since 1995 the United States has contributed more than US$500 million
in food and energy aid to North Korea. Japan and South Korea, which
are funding the construction of two light water nuclear reactors
in the north, have committed billions more. In return for this largesse,
North Korea has shut down its rickety old Soviet supplied reactors
and stopped extracting plutonium from their fuel rods. Beyond that
it has done nothing to ease tensions in northeast Asia. In fact,
its test-firing of a missile over northern Japan a year ago sent
Tokyo rushing to expand its military ties with Washington.
Underlying the costly effort to buy North Korea's goodwill is the
fear that to do less might push Pyongyang's unpredictable rulers
into acting irrationally. But a policy based on that
concern simply encourages unending brinkmanship and blackmail. Washington
and its allies have been generous to Pyongyang. It's time to insist
on something in return.
Beijing makes a tense situation which could easily
erupt into open hostilities.
BEIJING, Aug. 24, 1999 ---
China told Taiwan yesterday, the 41st anniversary of the start of
artillery duels, that the United States would leave the estranged
island on its own if war broke out now, just as it allegedly did
"The United States will not sacrifice its major
strategic interests embodied in Sino-U.S. relations for its partial
interests in Taiwan," the China Defense News
The newspaper alleged that the United States pulled the plug on
Taiwan after Chinese shelling of Quemoy, also known as Kimen, broke
out on August 23, 1958.
Both Beijing and Taipei claim victory in the 1958 battle, while
the Nationalists bombed military installations in Fujian.
The China Defense News alleged that U.S. warships escorting Quemoy-bound
Nationalist vessels carrying provisions fled the scene after China
sank the Taiwan ships. But Taiwan says U.S. warships never crossed
the Taiwan Strait's imaginary center line.
Would communist China faced international pressure
since missile exercises in 1996, at Taiwan Strait?
Aug. 26, 1999 ---
National Defense Minister Tang Fei admitted in the latest issue
of Defense News weekly that China is likely to invade Taiwan's outlying
islands and launch missiles attacks on Taiwan in the long run, to
force Taiwan to return to the negotiating table.
A Washington analyst of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) observed
that if China did decide to invade one of Taiwan's small outlying
islands, it would negate the advantages of Taiwan's Air Force and
the U.S. may hesitate to intervene.
The analyst said the Spratly Islands would most likely be Beijing's
main target rather than Kinmen or Matsu. China also claims sovereignty
over these islands.
Tang told the magazine that China us unlikely to invade Taiwan
in the foreseeable future because the PLA has insufficient amphibious
combat capabilities. Moreover, Beijing is preparing to celebrate
the 50th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic's
Republic of China and is facing international pressure
for its suppression of the Falun Gong sect. These factors make any
move to invade Taiwan less feasible.
Tang said another major reason why China will hold back is its
experience with missile exercises in 1996. The military exercises
failed to intimidate Taiwan and instead is seen to have benefited
presidential candidate Lee Teng-hui, whom Beijing does not favor.
The U.S. also dispatched two aircraft carrier groups to support
But analysts added that if Beijing used force against Taiwan, even
if it is just targeting isolated islands, it could raise strong
protests from neighboring counties and the U.S. Congress.
In order to calm public anxiety over increasing cross-strait tension
after Lee's "state-to-state" comments, legislators have
been allowed for the first time to visit the top-secret Hungshan
Command Center, a joint combat center.
On inevitable conclusion;
Democracy and human right are inevitable global trends
that will become the main driving force in international and domestic
politics in the new millennium. No country or government can stop
this trend. Taiwan has moved swiftly along the difficult
path toward democracy over the past decade. The people of Taiwan
should decide their own future. This is the most natural course
to take and is the fundamental right of the people. The people should
not be deterred by any outside forces. The outdated, corrupt, empty,
and shallow ideology of "nationalism" should not become
an excuse to justify aggression. If the PRC insists on using military
might against Taiwan, not only will the people of Taiwan exhibit
their strongest opposition, the global community will also express
their utmost condemnation.