(March 2, 2000) Chinese Ambassador Li
Zhaoxing said on March 2 that it’s not right
to say that the Chinese government has changed its
policy on Taiwan.
Ambassador Li made these
remarks while asked by a Xinhua reporter if the
white paper entitled “The One-China
Principle and the Taiwan Issue” signals a
major change in China’s policy on the Taiwan issue.
Li said that the white paper can help
international community better understand our One-China
principle. Some in the media have gained a deeper
appreciation of the efforts of the Chinese government and
people for the “peaceful reunification and one
country, two systems.” But others,
as well as some political figures, have
mistakenly concluded that China has changed its Taiwan
policy perhaps because they have not read the full text of
the white paper. And a few may have had an axe to
grind by cashing in on this opportunity.
added that in an important speech on February 29,
Vice-Premier Qian Qichen denied the foreign press
allegations that China's policy on Taiwan has been changed.
The white paper clearly states that 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 by President Jiang Zemin.
As to the point that the solution of the Taiwan question can
not be delayed indefinitely, this is our
consistent position, not anything new. Back in
October 1984, the late Deng Xiaoping said: "We adhere
to seeking the solution of the Taiwan issue by
peaceful means, but we have never given up the
option of using non-peaceful means, and we cannot
make such a commitment. What can we do if the Taiwan
authorities never talk with us? Can we
abandon national reunification?"
reason we made it clear that there should be no indefinitely
delaying in the solution of the Taiwan issue is that we want
to see headway in the cross-straits relations and to prod
the Taiwan authorities to sit down to negotiate
with us, Li stressed.
Li quoted the
white paper as saying that within the framework of one
China, any question can be discussed between the two sides
of the Taiwan Straits, including the various issues that are
of concern to the Taiwan side.
The resolve of
the Chinese government and people to fight separatism and
“Taiwan independence”, and to uphold the basic
principle of “ peaceful reunification, one country,
two systems” is firm and consistent. Under One-China
principle, it is entirely possible to find a suitable
modality of cross-Strait talks on an equal footing, said
Ambassador Li concluded by
asking friends from the media to read carefully the
eight-point proposition by President Jiang Zemin and the
full text of the white paper.