(September 8, 1999) China will by no means
abandon the use of force if there occurs "Taiwan
independence" or foreign intervention, Chinese
President Jiang Zemin said in Canberra on September 8, 1999.
The Taiwan issue is purely China's internal
affairs and China's policy on this issue is "peaceful
reunification" and the principle of "one country,
two systems", stressed Jiang in a joint press
conference with Australian Prime Minister John Howard
following their official talks.
questions raised by reporters, and explained China's
principled stance on the Taiwan issue and China's entry into
the World Trade Organization.
He stated that
there was once a good momentum in the cross-straits
exchanges and Chairman Wang Daohan of the Association for
Relations Across the Taiwan Straits had originally planned
to visit Taiwan this fall.
Teng-hui brazenly made the "two states" remarks,
Jiang said, which will by no means be accepted or allowed by
the 1.2 billion Chinese people.
meanwhile noted that the Taiwan issue is a very sensitive
issue in the Sino-U.S. relations.
made the "two states" remarks, Jiang said, U.S.
President Bill Clinton had time and again assured him that
the U.S. government would adhere to the "one
China" policy, abide by the three joint communiques
between the U.S. and China, and adopt the
"three-no" policy. But at the same time, the U.S.
announced sales of advanced weapons to Taiwan that were
valued at 550 million U.S. dollars, Jiang said, adding that
the Chinese people can by no means understand this.
Commenting on the U.S. proposal that it hopes
Wang Daohan would visit Taiwan as scheduled, Jiang said that
Wang's visit will not come true unless the following two
preconditions are met: one is that Lee openly withdraws his
"two states" remarks, and the other is that Lee
could only receive Wang in his capacity as the Chairman of
the Kuomintang, instead of the so-called "President of
the Republic of China".