William J. Clinton
President, The United States of America
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20502
I am extremely
concerned about the ultimatum issued by the Chinese government
in a policy paper on February 21, 2000, stating that China
will use military force against Taiwan if prolonged negotiations
to reunify the two entities are not successful or are delayed.
Beijing's provocative policy statement echoes similar rhetoric
issued by past and present leaders of the Chinese government.
Unfortunately, Beijing has chosen to issue their long-standing
threat to invade Taiwan at a time when the people of Taiwan
are prepared to vote in their second direct Presidential election
on March 18, 2000. China's actions seriously threaten
stability in East Asia and exacerbate already strained tensions
in the Taiwan Strait.
know, the Chinese government has refused to renounce the use
of force against Taiwan and has had a long standing policy
of reunifying Taiwan by force if Taiwan declares independence
or is occupied by a foreign power. In 1996, when China
launched missiles off the coast of Taiwan to intimidate the
Taiwan people prior to their first direct Presidential election
you acted with strength and purpose. Your immediate
decision to dispatch two U.S. aircraft carriers to the Taiwan
Straits as a show of support for the people of Taiwan was
a bold and necessary measure.
States should respond diplomatically to Beijing's latest ultimatum
that adds an additional circumstance, a delay in reunification,
that would allow for Chinese aggression against Taiwan.
We must be willing to support the first democracy in 4,000
years of Chinese history and guarantee that the people of
Taiwan will determine their own future by peaceful means.
Finally, Taiwan must not be forced to accepting Beijing's
"one country, two system" formulation that presupposes that
final result of any future negotiations and it not in accordance
with the will of the Taiwanese people.
I know you share my belief that the Chinese government's threat
to use force against Taiwan is unacceptable. In the
past, you have urged the Chinese Government to renounce the
use of force against Taiwan. A strong message must be
sent to the Chinese government that unification by force without
the driect consent of the people of Taiwan, a multi-party
democracy, is unacceptable.
forward to hearing your thoughts and comments with respect
to this important issue. Peace and stability in the
Taiwan Strait are in the best interests of the United States.
Finally, as the world's remaining superpower, we must stand
by our democratic friend and strategic ally, Taiwan, as they
prepare to vote in their next Presidential election.