Aug 27,1999---Trent Lott, Denny Hastert, Javier Solana, Neil Andrew, Margaret Reid, Kofi A. Annan

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Taiwan Tati Cultural
And Educational Foundation
B16F, No.3 Ta-Tun 2St.
Taichung, Taiwan, ROC
August 27, 1999.

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 referendum.

"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 said.

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 for months.

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 region.

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 warfare.

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 keep calm

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 moves.

"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 rulers.

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 then.

"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 said.

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 Taiwan.

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.

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



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