Dear Mr. President,
I am writing to communicate our extreme displeasure and disappointment with the speech that you gave at Beijing University on June 29, 1998. In a response to a question, you said that “United States policy is not an obstacle to the peaceful reunification of China and Taiwan.”
I must take issue with your diction. “Reunification” in reference to aiwan has never been in the vocabulary of American policy toward China. merican policy has always been in favor of a peaceful “resolution.” but ever in favor of a “reunification.”
Mr. President, by introducing “reunification,” you are succumbing to Chinese pressures and rejecting Taiwanese democracy. We urge you not to mprove relations with China at the expense of the people of Taiwan. It is mperative that you do not forget the lofty ideals that American foreign policy is based on.
Mr. President, I know I don’t have to remind you that the basic rinciples of self-determination and democracy which you ignored in you peech at the Beijing University are enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations and the Taiwan Relation Act.
I urge you to stand firm in you support of democracy, self -determination, and Taiwan.
I look forward to your reply.
Very Truly Yours,
David W Tasi, Ph. D.