(February 29, 2000) Chinese Vice-Premier Qian Qichen
reiterated that the solution of the Taiwan issue can not be
delayed indefinitely, and that the position of the Chinese
Government hasn't changed.
the remarks while speaking at an annual meeting of
the All-China Federation of Returned Overseas
Chinese held in Beijing.
any change in the government's policy on the Taiwan issue,
referring to some foreign reports that China's policy on
solving the Taiwan issue has been changed
following the issuing of the white paper titled "The
One-China Principle and the Taiwan
"This is wrong," Qian pointed out.
There is no change in the policy of
"peaceful reunification and one country, two
systems" nor is there any change in the eight-point
proposition put forward by President Jiang Zemin, Qian
stressed, adding that these have been expressed
clearly in the white paper.
solving of the Taiwan issue cannot be delayed indefinitely,
and this is China's consistent position and not anything
new, Qian pointed out.
As early as in October
1984, Qian said, the late Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping
pointed out: "We adhere to seeking the solution of
the Taiwan issue by peaceful means, we have never
given up the possibility of using non-peaceful
means, and we cannot make such a commitment. What can we do
if the Taiwan Authorities will never talk with us?
Can we give up national reunification?"
The recently-issued white paper titled
"The One-China Principle and the Taiwan Issue" was
aimed at "pushing forward the development of
the cross-straits relations and urging the Taiwan
Authorities to sit down to hold talks and
negotiations with us," Qian said.