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Statement of the Taiwan Affairs Office of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and the Office of the Taiwan Affairs of the State Council

(March 18,  2000) There is only one China in the world and Taiwan is an inseparable part of  Chinese territory.  The election of the local leader in Taiwan and its result  can not change the fact that Taiwan is part of Chinese  territory.

The "One China" principle is the prerequisite for a peaceful  reunification. "Taiwan independence" of whatever form is absolutely impermissible.  We should listen to the new leader’s words and watch his deeds.  We will be watchful as to where he will lead cross-Straits relations.

We are willing to exchange views on cross-Straits relations  and peaceful reunification with all parties, organizations, and  personalities in Taiwan who endorse the "One China" principle. We  appeal to Taiwan compatriots to join us in the efforts to  safeguard the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the  motherland, protect the fundamental interests of the Chinese  nation and realize the complete reunification of the motherland.

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