Taiwan's President

In response to Moses Yu's letter of Sept. 12, on Lee Teng-hui:

I find the accusations groundless and unfair. In a Sept. 3 interview with New York Times foreign affairs commentator Thomas L. Friedman, President Lee reiterated his position of not seeking international recognition of Taiwan's independence, but for worldwide representation in relation to Taiwan's present economic and democratic status.

On the question of his long-term goal, Lee emphasized the ever-present desire for unification with the mainland, which should be achieved only when democracy, freedom and prosperity can be assured for all peoples of a united China. Neither was there any talk of independence or permanent separation for Taiwan.

The above statements clearly demonstrate where President Lee stands.


Director, Information Division

Taipei Economic and Cultural Office

Los Angeles

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