Chinese Vice-Premier Qian Qichen has said that the
"One China" principle will be firmly adhered to in
fighting any separatist activity in the name of "Taiwan
Independence," "Two Chinas," "One China,
One Taiwan," or in any other forms.
made the remarks at a reception to mark the 48th founding
anniversary of the People's Republic of China held in
Beijing on September 29 by the State Council's Office of
Overseas Chinese Affairs, Office of Hong Kong and Macao
Affairs and Taiwan Affairs Office, which was attended by
more than 1,000 compatriots from Hong Kong Special
Administrative Region (SAR), Macao and Taiwan, Chinese
nationals residing abroad and foreign citizens of Chinese
Qian reiterated China's firm
opposition to the attempts to use a referendum to change the
fact that Taiwan is an inseparable part of China.
China is willing to increase contacts with
various parties and people from all walks of life in Taiwan,
except for a small number of "Taiwan Independence"
supporters, he said. And China is ready to hear any opinion
or suggestion that would benefit the reunification of the
motherland, he said.
He said that personnel
flow and other exchanges across the Taiwan Straits have been
increasing sharply, the growth of cross-Straits trade has
continued, and Taiwan compatriots have continued to invest
in the mainland since early this year.
on to note that the fights against "Taiwan
Independence," "Two Chinas" and "One
China, One Taiwan" have been repeatedly successful. The
smooth return of Hong Kong to the motherland based on the
principle of "One Country, Two Systems," together
with the continuity of the region's prosperity and
stability, will finally have an important impact on solving
the Taiwan issue, Qian pointed out.
National Congress of the Communist Party of China has
reiterated the adherence to the basic principle of
"Peaceful Reunification" and "One Country,
Two Systems," and it has vowed to fully implement
President Jiang Zemin's eight-point proposal on improving
cross-Straits relations and forging ahead on the course of
peaceful reunification of the motherland.
said: "We must firmly and unshakably adhere to the
principle of 'One China', and oppose the separatist attempt
in the forms of 'Taiwan Independence', 'Two Chinas', 'One
China, One Taiwan' or in any other forms, and oppose the
attempt to use a referendum to change the fact that Taiwan
is an inseparable part of China."
must continue to increase the economic and cultural
exchanges across the Taiwan Straits, he added, and strive to
realize the full 'Three Direct Links', namely direct mail,
shipping and trade services across the Taiwan Straits, as
soon as possible.
"We demand that the
Taiwan authorities lift the restrictions on the development
of the cross-Straits economic and trade relations," he
Qian said that he hoped that the Taiwan
authorities would respond sincerely to President Jiang
Zemin's proposal to hold negotiations on formally ending
cross-Straits confrontation based on the principle of
The Taiwan authorities
should demonstrate their sincerity and exchange views with
China regarding the arrangement of the procedures of the
cross-Straits political negotiation, Qian urged.
He said that the purpose of the political
discussion is to improve and develop the cross-Straits
relations and push forward the course of peaceful
reunification step by step. Any speech or action designed to
undermine the cross-Straits relations, or create "Two
Chinas" or "One China, One Taiwan", is
contrary to the will of the people and doomed to fail, he
"The Taiwan compatriots are our
blood brothers, and we will continue to protect all their
legitimate rights and interests," he said. "We are
willing to increase contacts with various parties and people
from all walks of life in Taiwan, except for the small
number of people who stubbornly stick to the stand of
'Taiwan Independence', and we are willing to hear and
discuss any views and suggestions that would benefit the
reunification of the motherland."