On January 24 China called on the Taiwan
authorities to show courage in facing reality, and take
earnest and positive steps to recognize the "1992
consensus" for the sake of the stability and
development of the island.
was made by Chinese Vice-Premier Qian Qichen at a forum held
at the Great Hall of the People here. The meeting was
convened by seven Chinese organizations to commemorate the
seventh anniversary of Chinese President Jiang Zemin's
eight-point proposal for continued efforts toward the great
cause of the
reunification of the
In his speech, Qian
said that in the past year there were more exchanges and
efforts at cooperation across the Taiwan Straits in such
fields as economy, trade and culture, and fresh progress was
made in this regard.
situation of Taiwan Island has seen changes that merit
attention," said the vice-premier. He said, judging
from the overall situation, the basic structure and
development tendency of cross-straits relations have not
The fundamental framework
of one China is widely considered solid in the world, and
the splittist activities waged internationally by the Taiwan
authorities have been foiled time and time again, Qian said.
"The pursuit of peace, stability and
represents the mainstream of the Taiwan public
He said, "We
will abide by the fundamental principle of 'peaceful
reunification, one country and two systems,' fully implement
President Jiang Zemin's eight-point proposal concerning the
present cross-straits relations and promote the process of
peaceful reunification of the motherland, take
active measures and work hard to push forward cross-straits
relations so as to achieve a peaceful reunification,"
Qian said the consensus
reached by Chinese mainland's Association for Relations
Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) and Taiwan's Straits
Exchanges Foundation (SEF) in Hong Kong in 1992 whereby both
sides of the Taiwan Straits adhere to the ``One-China "
principle show political wisdom in dealing with differences
appropriately and breaking the deadlock effectively.
The importance of the '92
consensus lies in the fact that, under the prerequisite of
adhering to the One China principle, both sides seek common
ground while reserving differences in a flexible way, and,
taking the benefits to both sides into consideration, build
mutual trust, negotiate matters in a practical manner and
always look forward, said Qian.
said that the hard-won achievement is of great significance
for the current cross-straits relations and should be
"We have the uttermost
sincerity and tolerance for making it possible to resume
dialogues and negotiations across the Taiwan Straits,"
said the vice-premier.
authorities' rejection of the One China principle and the
'92 consensus plunged the cross-straits relations into a
deadlock and made it difficult to stabilize the situation
across the Taiwan Straits.
only one China in the world, and both the mainland and
Taiwan belong to one China, Qian reiterated. The sovereignty
and territorial integrity of China must not be separated,
which is the common ground for both sides to adhere to the
One China principle, Qian continued.
Qian urged a resumption of dialogues and
negotiations across the Taiwan Straits on the condition that
the Taiwan authorities recognize the '92 consensus.
He said that the resumption of
dialogues would not only be conducive to the stability and
development of cross-straits relations, be in line with the
benefits and aspirations of the compatriots living on both
sides of the Taiwan Straits, but will
greatly to the peace and stability of the Asia-Pacific
It is imperative to realize
direct mail, shipping and trade services across the Taiwan
Straits, as the Chinese mainland and Taiwan are now members
of the World Trade Organization (WTO), said Qian. He urged
the Taiwan authorities to remove man-made obstacles
restricting economic cooperation across the straits.
Pledging adherence to the One
China principle, Qian said the Chinese mainland wishes to
enhance contacts and dialogues with different political
parties and people from different walks of life in Taiwan as
along as they stand for developing cross-Straits relations.
Qian urged the Democratic
Progressive Party to think more about the benefits of the
Taiwan people and completely forsake the stand of the DPP on
the ``independence" of Taiwan, and show sincerity for
developing cross-Straits relations.
said the broad masses of the DPP members are welcome to
visit the Chinese mainland in appropriate capacities, saying
he believed that they are quite different from the handful
of ``pro-independence" diehards in
The vice-premier also said
that more flexible policies would be practiced in Taiwan
than in Hong Kong and Macao within the framework of
"one country, two systems" upon reunification of
the Chinese mainland and Taiwan.
"After Taiwan and the Chinese mainland are reunited,
the existing rights of Taiwan compatriots will be respected
and safeguarded, and their aspirations for obtaining other
rights will also be satisfied," emphasized Qian.
Realizing peaceful reunification
and practicing the 'one country, two systems' policy can
avoid the catastrophe of a war provoked by the
pro-independence splittists in Taiwan and ensure lasting
peace, he said.
The attempts made
internationally by splittist forces in Taiwan in order to
create "two Chinas" or "one China, one
Taiwan" are doomed to failure, said Qian, who also used
the occasion to extend new year's greetings to the people of Taiwan.