(March 4, 2000) Chinese President Jiang Zemin
on March 4, 2000 called on compatriots across the Taiwan
Straits to cherish their brotherly affection and
join efforts for the realization of reunification
of the motherland at an early date.
Jiang made the call during his visit on March 4 to
members of the National Committee of the Chinese
People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC)
who are representing the Revolutionary Committee of the
Chinese Kuomintang, the Taiwan Democratic
Self-Government League, and All-China Federation of
Taiwan Compatriots to attend the current third
annual session of the CPPCC National Committee.
President Jiang described the return
of Hong Kong and Macao to the motherland as major victories
on the way to the fulfillment of the reunification of the
motherland, stressing that the eventual settlement
of Taiwan issue and realization of the complete
reunification of the motherland have been an even
more ardent aspiration and demand by the entire
government and people are confident and capable of
resolving the Taiwan issue and accomplish the
great cause of the motherland at an early date, he
Meanwhile, the president pledged to
continue carrying out the basic principle of
"peaceful reunification", and "one country,
two systems" and his 1995 eight-point proposals on the
cross-straits relations and promoting the process
of the reunification of the motherland. The white
paper, titled "The One-China Principle and
the Taiwan Issue" has given a full
expression to the firm stance of the entire
Chinese people, he said.
that peaceful reunification represents the best
way of resolving the Taiwan issue, which is in the interest
of the Taiwan compatriots, the whole Chinese
people, and peace and development in the Asian Pacific
Region as well as the whole world.
the fundamental interests of compatriots across the
straits, we will exert our utmost and greatest
possibility to resolve the Taiwan Issue through
peaceful means, but of course, under the premise
of insistence in the One-China Principle," Jiang said.
Nevertheless, he said, "we will
definitely not commit to abandoning the use of
force." the Chinese government will have to
adopt all possible, determined measures to
safeguard the country's sovereignty and territorial
integrity, provided major incidents causing Taiwan
to separate from China occurred under any premise,
provided Taiwan is invaded and occupied by any foreign
power, or provided Taiwan authorities postpone indefinitely
the peaceful settlement of reunification issue
through negotiations. "This has been our
consistent position," he stressed.
Chinese people are in firm opposition to any ghosts and
evils, and any schemes detrimental to the
fundamental interests of the Chinese nation, such as
"Taiwan Independence", "two Chinas"
and "one China, one Taiwan", will never
succeed, no matter whichever Taiwan-based
political parties and factions have been involved
and whatever outside political forces are backing them up.
Meanwhile, President Jiang acknowledged that
Taiwan compatriots have a glorious tradition of patriotism.
"We have consistently and sincerely been placing our
hopes on the people of Taiwan," he said.
He also expressed the conviction that Taiwan
compatriots are sure to make the correct choice on
major issues regarding the State sovereignty and
territorial integrity, the fundamental interests
of the Chinese nation, and the destiny and future
"We fully respect the wish of
Taiwan compatriots as the masters of their own destiny and
to develop economy, and to safeguard their own
interests. We are ready to undertake extensive contacts
and exchanges with all Taiwan-based parties,
groups and individuals who are adhering to the
One-China Principle, for the increase in mutual
understanding and consensus, and making joint
efforts to promote the cross-straits relations and
peaceful reunification of the motherland."
"We hope to resume the cross-straits
talks and negotiations on the basis of the
One-China Principle as conditions mature, to
resolve disputes across the straits through
consultations, so as to pave the way for the
growth of the cross-straits relations and lay the
foundation for the eventual accomplishment of the
reunification of the motherland," Jiang said.
Taiwan compatriots should be helped and
facilitated to have an all-around recognition and
correct understanding of the central government's
policies on Taiwan issue and to further deepen their
knowledge about the Chinese mainland, thus
creating favorable conditions for resolving the
Taiwan issue at an early date, President Jiang