Taipei, 28 August 1998
In response to Mr. Clinton's "Three no's", pronounced
during his ill-fated June / July 1998 visit to China, the
Presbyterian Church in Taiwan issued a pastoral letter in which it
expressed deep disappointment in Mr. Clinton, and strong opposition
to his statements about Taiwan.
The Presbyterian Church stated that Mr. Clinton's statement has
"...greatly jeopardized Taiwan's future and the rights
of the twenty-one million Taiwanese people. Not only will it
potentially isolate Taiwan in the international community, it also
unjustly imposes a 'new form of apartheid' policy on Taiwan."
The PCT added that "...on the basis of the Church's
identification with the land and the people of Taiwan, we have
always emphasized that human rights is a gift given by God, which
cannot be removed by anyone. In the face of this critical situation,
we feel that we need to remind our believers to stand firm in their
faith and to encourage the people of Taiwan to rise up and strive
towards making Taiwan into a new and independent country."
The Presbyterian Church in Taiwan then issued its appeal as