March 30, 2000-- Chinese President Jiang
Zemin said on March 30 that the "one China"
principle is the basis and prerequisite for a peaceful
solution of the Taiwan issue and that any form of
"Taiwan independence" will not be tolerated.
He made these remarks in a meeting with Samuel
Berger, U.S. President Bill Clinton's Adviser for National
Jiang said that the change
of leadership in Taiwan does not change the fact that Taiwan
is part of the Chinese territory.
in power in Taiwan is welcome to come to the mainland for
talks, Jiang said, adding that "we can also go to
Taiwan as well."
However, there must be a
basis for dialogue, he said, adding that the
"one China" principle must be strictly adhered to.
"We will not compromise or make any
concessions on the fundamental issue concerning
China's sovereignty and territorial integrity,"
Jiang said, stressing that issues concerning
sovereignty cannot be negotiated.
government and the Chinese people are determined
not to allow Taiwan to be separated from the
motherland, Jiang said.
have the confidence and capability to realize the complete
reunification of the motherland," Jiang said.
The Taiwan issue is purely an internal issue
of China, Jiang stressed.
that the United States has to bear some responsibility for
the fact that the Taiwan issue has not been resolved. The
Taiwan issue has become a core issue in Sino-U.S.
The U.S. government has clearly
stated that it adheres to the " one China" policy,
said Jiang, adding that Mr. Berger told Chinese Foreign
Minister Tang Jiaxuan yesterday that the U.S. government
accepts the view that the "one China"
principle is the only basis on which the Taiwan
question can be resolved.
President stressed that the three Sino-U.S. joint
communiques clearly set out the correct principles
for resolving the Taiwan issue in an appropriate
The U.S. should take practical actions
to carry out its "one China" policy and
observe the three Sino-U.S. joint communiques.
Jiang also said that "we hope the U.S.
government and those politicians who are
far-sighted will adopt a very cautious attitude
and make a wise choice at the critical moment in
cross-Straits and Sino-U.S. relations."
Berger said that the U.S. will stick to the
"one China" policy and observe the three
U.S.-China joint communiques, adding that the U.S.
does not support "Taiwan independence," "two
Chinas," " one China, one Taiwan", or
Taiwan's entry into any international organization
whose membership requires statehood.