Dear Mr. Trent Lott,
Mr. Denny Hastert,
Mr. Kofi A. Annan,
Mr. President Jacques Chirac,
Mr. Chancellor Gerhard Schr(der,
Mr. Secretary-General Javier Solana,
"I teach them to be masters of their own destiny,"
says Sun Ming-hua, who teaches the course in a Taipei middle school.
"The next generation will grow up to think of themselves
as new Taiwanese, less closely linked to China."
The new history expresses how Chiang Kai-shek's once glorified
troops really treated Taiwan, facing defeat by communist forces
on the mainland. Chiang began sending men to prepare for his arrival
on Taiwan, when locals rose up in revolt on February 28, 1947. The
nationalists slaughtered more than 50,000 Taiwanese and aborigines
during a monthlong crackdown. The infamous "2/28
incident" paved the way for four decades of oppression known
as the " white terror." Taiwanese were not
allowed to speak their native tongue or even to mention 2/28 until
years after the passing of both Chiang and his son, in 1988.
The curriculum began to change with the 1994 election of Lee, native
Taiwanese President. Under Lee, native Taiwanese have
sidelined the mainlanders politically. Democratic Taiwan with new
Taiwanese is coming after independent thinking, in tune with Taiwan's
new political freedoms.
Who is "trouble-maker"? The question that needs to be
asked now is this: since the whole point of resurrecting the Koo-Wang
talks was to keep the Clinton administration happy, and since that
administration has shown itself to be
shamefully partisan, then why bother with Koo-Wang talks at all?
China is clearly in no mood to want to reach an agreement about
anything Taiwan might be interested in. So Wang's visit will only
serve as another display of insufferable Chinese arrogance, after
which the meeting will be deemed a failure because of "Taiwanese
intransigence", allowing the U.S. State Department's China-appeasers
to redouble their "Taiwan is a trouble-maker" rhetoric.
After 20 years, Taiwan is reforming to new Chinese hope,
but communist China keeps nationalism and holds dictatorship
still. Taiwan is changing into real new state, but U.S. insists
"one China policy" for about 20 years.
On July 18, Clinton placed a 30-minuste pone call to President
Jiang Zemin, assuring the Chinese leader the U.S. still supported
a "one China" police. Lee had seemed to contradict his
sacrosanct doctrine with his July 9 comments claiming a "special
state-to-state relationship" with Beijing.
Clinton subsequently said at a White House press conference that
he was " not entirely sure ... What the Lee statements were
trying to convey" --- a polite way saying he knew exactly what
Lee was trying to say but didn't want to hear it. Unfortunately,
Taipei's whispers just to tell the truth instead a rebound
of Beijing's thunder.
We are all welcome 26 U.S. senators sent a joint letter to the
White House this week. In the letter, they asked President Clinton
not to pressure Taiwan because of Lee's "state-to-state relationship
policy statement that has infuriated Beijing. "We fully support
democratically-elected President Lee and the people of Taiwan in
their search for greater international status," the letter
said. A friend in need is a friend indeed. Taiwan wants to keep
this kind of justice urgently.
From commentary of the Los Angeles Times (August 1, 1999) ---
According to a recent study, Taiwan has enjoyed the fastest rate
of economic growth in the world this century; 4.8 percent a year
since 1900 add to this Taiwan's relatively equal distribution of
wealth, and its hard to think of a greater economic success story.
Meanwhile, politically, Taiwan is now democratic with
all important officials directly elected by the people. Anything
and everything can be, and is, publicly discussed in the media.
No topic is too sensitive, nothing is taboo. In this respect, Taiwan
may now be the freest society in Asia.
... Given all the above, if a country like Taiwan isn't worth fighting
for, what country would be?
Taiwan needs your support.