Dear Mr. Prime Minister Tony Blair,
Mr. Chancellor Gerhard Schr(der,
Mr. President Jacques Chirac,
Mr. Trent Lott,
Mr. Denny Hastert,
Mr. Secretary-General Javier Solana,
Ms Margaret Reid,
Mr. Prime Minister John Howard,
Please listen to Taiwan voice. Since the end of the
cold war, terrorism has become the major problem in maintaining
world peace. What is terrorism? Terrorism is based on creating fear
among the innocent public which amounts to a form of blackmails.
This blackmail is then used to achieve some political end.
National terrorism uses one national's military, economic, diplomatic
and propaganda mechanisms to enforce this political blackmail. China
not only violates the human rights of their own people but also
attempts to intimidate the Taiwanese people through the use of military
threats. China is a national terrorist.
We must clearly understand that national terrorism constitutes
an illegal act that violates the UN charter and international human
rights agreements. The international community should condemn the
Independent human rights groups and analysts estimate up to a quarter
of East Timor's 800,000 population dies in the fighting, disease
and famine that followed Indonesia's invasion in 1975, which was
tacitly backed by the United States and Australia.
Indonesia's often brutal rule of the territory has frequently soured
its relations with the West, a serious problem for Jakarta now that
is so heavily dependent on international aid to rescue it from its
worst economic crisis in 30 years.
Overnight, U.N. Security General Kofi Annan said he was "appalled
by the widespread violence" and demanded Indonesia take immediate
steps to restore law and order.
More and more people on this island seem to feel the same way and
that could make the Beijing regime's already difficult drive for
reunification even more so. Despite sharing the same
tongue and a similar culture with mainland China's 1.2 billion people,
Taiwan people are rapidly developing their own national identity
apart from the mainland.
Although Taiwan is a de facto independent country, Beijing has
viewed it as a part of China since Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek
fled here in defeat at the end of China's civil war in 1949. The
Beijing government has threatened to bring Taiwan back into the
fold by force if necessary.
The issue of identity is rooted in the island's bloody provincial
history and tortured relationship with the mainland. Since the late
'40s, the people of Taiwan have roughly fallen into two categories:
Taiwanese, whose families have lived here for generations, and so-called
mainlanders, those who fled the civil war and their descendants.
Although a small minority, mainlanders took control of the island
and repressed the majority Taiwanese through jailing, torture and
execution. Until 1987, the Kuomintang ruled under martial law.
Taiwan is a country that loves peace. We hope to resolve
the cross-strait issue peacefully. We won't provoke
war but we are not afraid to fight for ourselves and our freedom.
As victims of China's national terrorism, we have to strengthen
our national defense, diplomacy, economics, and social strength.
But the most important thing is to understand the enemy's strategy.
In addition, we must strengthen Taiwan's national identity
and have the determination and confidence to defend our won country.
We also must work toward the following goals: First, make America,
Japan and others understand that Taiwan is not the troublemaker
--- China is. China is not only a troublemaker in the Taiwan Strait,
but is also a threat to world peace and a violator of international
law. The international community should not allow China to act with
impunity. Appropriate action must be taken. Second, Taiwan should
use the name "Taiwan" when seeking to participate in international
organizations. This is what a sovereign nation should do. To sidestep
China's veto power, we can apply to join the U.N. under observer
status, just like when applied for observer status with the World
Health Organization. Third, Taiwan should participate in some form
in the joint U.S.-Japan theater missile defense system effort. Fourth,
we should adopt a Taiwan-centered, neighborly, democratic, and human
rights-orientated diplomatic policy.
China's increasing propensity to bully its neighbors, including
Taiwan, is causing deep concern in East Asia. Even before the latest
crisis brought about by President Lee's "special state-to-state"
statement, many security analysts in the world believed that cross-strait
relations would pose a potential challenge to regional security.
According to a recent survey conducted by the Center for Strategic
and International Studies in Washington, analysts to consider three
of the top five security challenges in the Asia-Pacific region to
directly involve the People's Republic of China. This
is a strong indication that China has become the biggest threat
to peace and stability in region.
China's aggression in the South China Sea resulted in military
conflicts with Vietnam in the past. Last year, China's construction
efforts on the Mischief Reef caused tensions with Philippines. In
a different part of Asia, though the territorial dispute with India
has been relatively quiet recently, China's fictitious claim of
sovereignty over Taiwan perturbs the otherwise tranquil relations
with the United States and, for that matter, Japan.
Because of its location, straddling the major sea-lanes from Japan
and Korea in Northeast Asia to Southeast Asia, Taiwan is of great
strategic importance to free trade in the region. Japan's newly
enacted "Defense Guidelines" proves that the peace and
security in the Taiwan Strait is of strategic importance to the
country. Over the past decade, Taiwan has evolved into a stable
democracy. With its economic clout, the country certainly intends
to increase its role in regional organizations, such as ASEAN ,
and strengthening its bilateral ties with Japan and South Korea
and with the nations in Southeast Asia. Solidifying these multilateral
and/or bilateral strategic ties and diplomatic relationships will
better prepare Taiwan to deter China's out right aggression.
China has problems of its own. For one, the communist ideology
has lost its credibility in China. To draw attention away from its
increasing domestic and economic problems, China will very likely
focus on the Taiwan issue. The Chinese Communist Party has to rely
on strident nationalism to legitimize its authoritarian rule. China's
aggressive policy toward Taiwan, therefore, is based partly on nationalism
and partly on the weakened civilian control over the Chinese military.
With its military capabilities, China will not to be able to launch
a successful military campaign against Taiwan in the next five to
10 years. China will attack, however, when it perceives an opportunity
to succeed. If Taiwan were to be "liberated" and unified
with China, the major waterways in East Asia would be under Chinese
control and safe passage through waters near Taiwan may no longer
be a given --- an unattractive prospect for the United States, Japan
and nations such as South Korea.
Subsequently, the rule of thumb for policy-makers concerned with
the Taiwan issue is clear: Taiwan cannot be abandoned nor its national
interests sacrificed, for either case would only spell trouble in
the Taiwan Strait. Considering the complexity and diversity of the
issues and policy options, only a strategy that rights the imbalance
in the strait and combines elements of diplomacy and deterrence
can be successful in building sustainable long-term peace in the
It is becoming clear that only with a clear assertion
that Taiwan and the PRC are two different countries will Taiwan
be able to enter international organizations.
Taiwan has also been focusing its attention on governmental organizations.
In fact, breakthrough could be made in participation in environmental,
human rights, arms reductions, and emergency aid organizations.
As a country with nuclear power plants, Taiwan should be allowed
to participate in covenants dealing with emergency notification
systems, and prevention of nuclear accidents.
Taiwan is one of the major Asia powers, making its participation
in arms control and security organizations important as well. All
this makes it clear that participation should not be tied merely
to Taiwan's over request for entry but also to simple and practical
So, Taiwan needs your help.