Letter to US Congress by CAACPR

United State Congress
Washington, D.C. 20510

February 12, 2007

Dear Senator/HouseRepresentative:               

It is a great pleasure for us to write this letter to you on behalf of 
the Chinese American Alliance for China's Peaceful Reunification (CAACPR). 
We wish you great successes in the New Year. 

However, the year 2007 could see a dire and tragic military conflict 
unfolding across the Taiwan Straits if serious preventative measures are 
not taken with great urgency. In order to seek secession from China, 
President Chen Shui-bian in Taiwan is willing to make more dangerous 
moves as he gambles all his bets before his presidency is up in 2008. 

Senator Boxer, we are pleading with you to take a moment and have a closer 
look at these very unsettling new developments across the Taiwan Straits.
Because of the severe situation, we would like to keep in close contact 
with you and even send a special delegation to meet with you if necessary 
to discuss the imperative need for developing a peaceful reunification 
between China and Taiwan before the conflict arises. The severity of 
the situation and ensuing consequences cannot be underestimated.

On the Taiwan Side: Despite Mr. Chen Shui-bian's reputation as Time 
Magazine’s Man of the Year for his corrupt government and a "trouble 
maker generally acknowledged by the international community," he continued 
his provocative political stance of supporting Taiwan independence in 
his New Year message of 2007 by announcing that "Taiwan is a part of 
the world, not China." This seriously violates the One-China Principle
 recognized by the world community. His previous provocative acts 
include but are not limited to: 1) his 2006 announcement that the 
National Unification Council in Taiwan "ceased to function" and the 
National Unification Guidelines "ceased to apply," as a symbol of 
abolishing the aim of reunification with the mainland of China; and 2) 
to press ahead aggressively to develop Taiwan as an "independent, 
sovereign country" despite the risk of war with China (Washington Post, 

On the U.S. Side: The U.S. was reported to be relieved merely because 
Chen did not touch on the issue of constitutional reform or endorse 
the “Second Republic” constitution in his New Year message. We regret 
that after Chen declared that Taiwan is not a part of China, the U.S. 
still granted him a transit stay in San Francisco and Los Angeles in 
January en route to Nicaragua, in violation of the three joint U.S.-
China communiqués and Washington’s "one China" policy. In particular, 
the Joint Communiqué of the United States of America and the People's 
Republic of China on August 17, 1982, reiterated that "the United 
States of America recognized the Government of the People's Republic 
of China as the sole legal Government of China, and it acknowledged the 
Chinese position that there is but one China and Taiwan is part of China."

On the contrary, the U.S. is scheduled to conduct with the Japanese 
military joint exercises from January 29 to February 8 to prepare for 
any crises that might break out on the Korean Peninsula or in the 
Taiwan Strait. The U.S.-Japan security alliance has entered a new 
stage to expand Japan’s role to reinforce U.S. military forces in the 
event of attacks in the "surrounding areas" of Japan including Taiwan. 
In fact, the U.S. has already taken preparatory actions and announced 
on 01/09/2007 that 12 F-22 Raptor fighter aircrafts will be deployed 
to Okinawa, in addition to the 15 to 24 F-117A Nighthawk stealth fighter 
jets in South Korea. An undisclosed number of F-15E Strike Eagle has 
already been deployed to Afghanistan on 01/14/2007. Altogether, over 
300 fighter jets have been deployed around China in addition to heavy 
infantry brigades at various military bases in Guam, Okinawa, Japan 
and South Korea. 
On the Chinese Mainland Side: China has slammed Chen Shui-bian’s New 
Year remarks and warned the U.S. that 2007 would be the most dangerous 
year for keeping the cross-strait peace and stability. Sun Yafu, vice 
director of China's Taiwan Affairs Office of State Council just 
completed a visit in the U.S. On the cross-strait issue, he made a 
very strong statement: "If the possibility of a peaceful reunification 
[for Taiwan and the mainland] is completely diminished, we will definitely 
take resolute actions to defend our country’s sovereignty and territorial
 integrity; this is the core value of our national interest." We may 
recall American history that the secession of the 8 U.S. southern states 
resulted in the Civil War from 1861 to 1865 that ended up with a heavy 
death toll. 

China seems prepared for the worst: 12 J-10 fighter jets have been 
deployed to an air force base in Zhejiang, about 300 miles from Taiwan,
 seemingly sending a warning signal. In addition, on 01/12/2007, U.S. 
intelligence officials detected a missile being launched from China's 
western Sichuan province that destroyed an aging Chinese satellite. 
Beijing’s sudden willingness to showcase its sophisticated weaponry 
may be a belief that only a credible military threat can deter Taiwan’s 
independence movement. Some U.S. military experts predict that Beijing 
would be able to destroy up to 1,000 U.S. spy satellites within an hour 
to paralyze the U.S. military force. 

"Terror Equilibrium" or "Imminent War" ? Is it worth seeing the U.S. 
and China holding a dire "terror equilibrium" or engaging in a war 
for the discredited Chen Shui-bian?

Chen used a few surveys to show that there is a rise of Taiwan 
independence sentiment in Taiwan.  His statement ignored several 
important facts based on some other surveys: 1) More than 70% of the 
Taiwanese people do not consider him a credible leader of Taiwan; 2) 
More than 40% of the Taiwanese people think he should step down; and 
3) An overwhelming majority of the people in Taiwan advocate a peaceful 
cross-strait development and are against secession.  Moreover, Taiwan 
not only belongs to the 23 million people in Taiwan, but also to the 
1.3 billion people in the mainland. From these facts, it is clear that 
Chen has ignored people’s choice on both sides of the Taiwan Strait 
and raped Taiwan's democracy to serve his interest as a separatist. 

Chen Shui-Bian selected the timing of his provocative announcement to 
poison the relaxed cross-strait atmosphere and the progressive U.S.-
China relations for his own personal gains. His announcement risks 
igniting another fire in addition to those in Iraq and Afghanistan, 
and could lead to much greater loss of American lives on foreign soil.  

What's Our Choice? Do we Americans have enough wisdom to avoid falling 
into Chen Shui-bian’s trap of starting a war with China for the sole 
purpose of benefiting his unrealistic personal goals? 

We thank you very much for taking time out of your extremely busy 
schedule to read our letter and understand our sincere wish for a 
peaceful reunification of Taiwan and the Chinese mainland. We look 
forward to hearing your thoughts and wise suggestions. 

With best regards,

Yonggao Wang
Executive President of Chinese American Alliance for
China's Peaceful Reunification in USA 
Tel no: 312-286-1063
Fax no: 312-275-7853

Sheng-Wei Wang
China-US Friendship Exchange, Inc.

Zhonying Zhao
Chinese American Tribune

Isolde W. Chen
Acting President
Global Chinese Alliance for the Unification of China

Tony Zheng
Pennsylvania Chinese American Association for China’s Peaceful Reunification

Pius Hsu
President of the Alliance for Peaceful National Reunification of China

Hunter Huang
The National Association for China's Peaceful Unification

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