Aug 31,1999---Tony Blair, Gerhard Schroder, Jacques Chirac, Trent Lott, Denny Hastert, Neil Andrew, Margaret Reid, John Howard, Keizo Obuchi

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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. Neil Andrew,
   Ms Margaret Reid,
   Mr. Prime Minister John Howard,
   Mr. Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi,

We lived in global village that nationalist as communist China is a part of our earth. They have no rights to threat democratic Taiwan, with military force. However, the 1989 Tiananmen massacre and 1996 Taiwan missile crisis are not the so-called "internal affairs" of mainland China.

"Communist China as both an aggressor and enemy of the United States. An apparent catalyst for this bias are the 1989 Tiananmen massacre and the 1996 Taiwan missile crisis."

Surely, China is a country that doesn't really know what it wants to be. On the one hand, they're trying to develop a free market economy and give their citizens economic freedom. On the other hand, Tiananmen massacre, where they decided that their citizens could have economic freedom, but not political freedom.

This is a considerable imbalance ... A war of aggression is really nothing much more than a large-scare armed robbery. Is this scenario plausible? We think that all Marxist nations, are greedy." Clancy responds that America's "schizophrenic" policy toward China but adds that if the people's Republic of China attack Taiwan.

We're not going to like it very much," the U.S. political critic Mr. Clancy notes (Aug. 30 1999).

U.S. newspaper says China must transform itself.

It is difficult to imagine Taiwan and China reunifying unless the latter changes, said an American national newspaper Thursday.

USA Today reported from Taipei that, since President Lee Teng-hui declared on July 9 that mainland China and Taiwan should deal with each other as separate states and Beijing responded with threats to invade if Taiwan declares formal independence, Taiwanese nationalism has been rising.

The report said that nationalism is hardly surprising, as "50 years of separation have pushed mainland China and Taiwan so far apart politically, socially and culturally that it is difficult to imagine them ever being part of the same whole --- unless China changes."

It seems that more and more people in Taiwan regard the Chinese mainland as a foreign land. In one of the latest national opinion polls in Taiwan, taken after President Lee's statement, 46 percent of Republic of China nationals identified themselves as strictly Taiwanese, up from 37 percent in April. Those identifying themselves as both Taiwanese and Chinese fell to 42 from 45 percent, and those identifying themselves as only Chinese edged down to 11.4 from 12.7 percent.

The American newspaper said, "Changing sentiments, unless curtailed, will make it tougher for mainland China and Taiwan to peacefully reunite," which both have agreed to do in the future and which the United States says is the preferred outcome.
The current tense situation across the Taiwan Strait is far from what the people of Taiwan want, according to the report. Before President Lee's statement, the majority of Taiwan's 22 million people were content to promise reunification and go about their lives, opinion polls showed.

But USA Today pointed out that despite reunification dreams, the two sides of the Taiwan Strait are worlds apart: Taiwan is a vibrant democracy, while mainland China is a one-party state ruled by the Communist Party; Taiwan is one of the richest places in Asia, while mainland China is one of the poorest; the streets of Taipei are crowded with cars and motorcycles, while bicycles are the only mode of transportation many mainland Chinese can afford.

"There is little interest" for the people of Taiwan in news from mainland China, a news executive at a television station in Taipei said. Young people in Taiwan "don't think anything from mainland China is worth copying," said a Taipei business executive and mother of two.

The opposite concepts rejects emphatically this traditional though by pointing out the fact that Taiwan has been separated from China for more than 100 years, not only geographically but legally, politically, socially and economically as well. The people here have undergone historical experiences totally different from those in
China, have become a nation distinct from China and are destined to assume their proper place among the community of nations. This idea was bolstered by the extremely unpleasant and bitter experiences the Taiwanese had when the mainland Chinese government took over Taiwan in 1945. This line of thought inevitably lead to what may be described as the Taiwanese nationalism.

Weinberger says U.S. must stand by Taiwan.

One thing should be made eminently clear to China: "The United States is absolutely committed to the defense of Taiwan and will not permit it to be overrun," stressed a former U.S. defense secretary.

In the September issue of Forbes magazine, Casper Weinberger said the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA) strongly implies this, but passage of the proposed Taiwan Security Enhancement Act would send make the message unmistakable.

Weinberger said that because the Clinton administration has wavered too often regarding Taiwan, "there is now a genuine fear that China might believe it could, with impunity, attack Taiwan, while we sit by helplessly, seeking a U.N. vote of disapproval, but doing little else."

Were this to happen, the former U.S. defense chief warned, "it would be the crowing error of all this administration's foreign policy mistakes, and a legacy of catastrophic proportions for Mr. Clinton."

Weinberger noted that after Britain and France sold out Czechoslovakia to secure the infamous Munich Pact with Hitler and Mussolini in 1938, some Czech leaders were incautious enough to protest their loss of freedom and the dismemberment of their country. In reporting those objections to Neville Chamberlain, British foreign office officials referred to the protesters as "these blasted Czechs."

He was reminded of that when Secretary of State Madeleine Albright all but ground her teeth in public annoyance at Taiwan President Lee Teng-hui and sent envoys to Taipei to remind him of the error of his ways, said Weinberger.

Lee's offense? Weinberger pointed out that he had restated an obvious truth --- that Taiwan's relationship with the mainland is one of "state to state." Lee's very able negotiator in the cross-strait talks with Beijing, Koo Chen-fu, said exactly the same thing. Koo reiterated that while both sides seek reunification, Taiwan will only consider it after China moves toward democracy, freedom and rights for the individual.

Weinberger added that the U.S. response has been to blame Taiwan - as Czechoslovakia was blamed in 1938 --- and demand Lee retract his statements. "Our position seems designed to continue the appeasement of China that President Clinton began on his ill-fated trip there in 1998 .. and we are encouraging the PRC in an extremely dangerous way."

He continued that Taiwan has been making increasingly urgent requests for defensive arms, particularly an early warning radar system, but the Clinton administration has consistently answered the requests with excuses and delays.

Against this backdrop, Senators Jesse Helms (Republican-North Carolina) and Robert Torricelli (Democrat-New Jersey) have introduced The Taiwan Security Enhancement Act, which would lift restrictions on the sales of defensive arms to Taiwan and authorize sales of key weapons systems, including theater missile defenses.

The former defense secretary said the TRA was carefully crafted to leave the U.S. room to come to Taiwan's aid.

All Asia-Pacific regional economies understand that APEC is the forum where all bilateral and multilateral agreements are handled either publicly or privately. Clinton and Jiang may well discuss the issue of American arms sales to Taiwan or the possibility of PRC use of force across the strait. If Taiwan, as a country ranked as the 14th-largest trading economy in the world and which has US$1 trillion in foreign reserves, dares not speak its own mind, it would be a wasted opportunity.

Foreign affairs as well as the financial economic affairs divisions of Taiwan's government should be well prepared for possible reactions from APEC. For example, among the brochures to be distributed at APEC, information prepared by the Mainland Affairs Council discussing the state-to-state doctrine should be included. In addition, officials should explain the two-state theory publicly and privately. They should explain that the cross-strait relationship is parallel to that between the two Germanys prior to reunification. A number of major points need to be made:

Asia-Pacific countries must face the fact that Taiwan and mainland China have been separated for 50 years.

The freedom-loving Taiwanese people are not willing to reunify with the PRC at this moment.

Taiwan's current situation should be understood sympathetically.

Taiwan and the PRC should sign a non-aggression treaty or a foundational treaty of a similar nature.

Acknowledgement of or agreement with the two-state theory by APEC members will help advance future
cooperation between Taiwan and China.

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



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