Aug 31,1999---Tony Blair, Gerhard Schroder, Jacques Chriac, Trent Lott, Denny Hastert, Javier Solana, Margaret Reid, John Howard

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Taiwan Tati Cultural
And Educational Foundation
B16F, No.3 Ta-Tun 2St.
Taichung, Taiwan, ROC
August 31, 1999.

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 PRC.

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 region.

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 necessity.

So, Taiwan needs your help.

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



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