envoy urges U.S. Senate to kill Taiwan bill
WASHINGTON, Feb 15 (Reuters) - China's envoy to the United
States is urging U.S. senators to reject a measure that
would establish direct military communications between Taiwan
and the United States and expand U.S. training of Taiwanese
letter to all 100 senators, Ambassador Li Zhaoxing said
the bill -- already approved by the House of Representatives
-- threatened to ``destroy the very basis'' of U.S.-Chinese
will pose a severe threat to China's security, increase
the chances of military confrontation in the Taiwan Straits,
and destabilise the Asia-Pacific situation by emboldening
the already recalcitrant separatist forces on the island,''
Li wrote in the Feb. 4 letter.
Clinton administration opposes the Taiwan Security Enhancement
Act (TSEA). Last week U.S. Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman
said it would have a disastrous impact on relations.
also told reporters that he did not expect the Senate to
approve the legislation.
Formosan Association for Public Affairs, founded in 1982
by the Taiwanese-American community, released Li's letter
on Tuesday and rejected his arguments.
TSEA ... does not promote 'everything a Taiwan- independent
advocate stands for,' as Mr. Li alleges. We believe the
people of Taiwan must determine their own future. We advocate
for them to do so in a peaceful environment, free from coercion,''
said the group's president, Chen Wen-yen.
TSEA insures U.S. support for this peaceful environment
exists,'' he added.
regards the island as a renegade province and has threatened
to invade if Taiwan declares independence.