1 For the last forty years, Taiwan has been pushing for modernized construction under crises, skepticism, and challenging conditions on the Islands of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen, and Matsu, and has won respect from the international community. The government has endeavored to restore its race with every thought, and has built a country that has its own ideology, culture, economic power, wealth, and national defense, with dignity worthy of international respect.
2 Although the miraculous achievements in economy and in politics may not be perfect, it has, however, been exemplary and served as a successful model for many developing countries, a model that the people of the world were proud to see and hear of.
3 The spirits of “loving self and loving others, helping self and helping others” are not empty words. Taiwan has developed a very good system that led to many achievements.
4 We believe the twenty million people in Taiwan would fight against either a peaceful merger or a military invasion from the Communist China. Its people would not be willing to allow their country to become a special district under the policy of “One Country, Two Systems” determined by the People’s Republic of China.
5 If [the Communist] China chooses to use its military might to take over Taiwan, every person on the Island would stand up to fight with their lives without any reservation. Even those people who advocate “Taiwan Independence” would join hands to defend their own land and be willing to die with Taiwan. This will ultimately cause both sides to lose and suffer.
6 As this is no different from any other sibling rivalry, it will surely lead to a racial holocaust, to a major disaster and a big tragedy, and China will not be able to gain acceptance by the international community.
A Letter to Mr. Deng Xiaoping, January 15, 1991