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Referendum of Taiwan Independence Criticized (08/05/02)
China criticized the demand of referendum
made on August 3 by Chen Shui-bian, leader of the Taiwan
authority, as a serious incident to split China.
This is exactly the same as the state-to-state
statement masterminded by his predecessor Lee Teng-hui and
laid bare Chen's position to cling to "Taiwan
Independence", said a spokesman of the Taiwan Work
Office of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of
China (CPC) and of the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State
Chen called for a referendum on
Taiwan's future and destiny on an appropriate occasion and
preached that "Each side is a country" and that
Taiwan would "walk down its own road" in a speech
with an overseas Taiwanese association in Tokyo on August 3.
Chen's speech is an outward defiance to all
Chinese people including the Taiwan compatriots and a
defiance to the internationally acknowledged "one
China" principle. It will seriously sabotage the
relations between both sides of the Taiwan Straits and
affect stability and peace in the Asia-Pacific region, the
Chen's statement of "Each
side is a country" proved that his commitment of not
seeking Taiwan independence, not changing the name of
Taiwan, not enlisting the theory of two countries into the
constitute and not holding referendum in his inauguration
speech was merely an expedient measure aimed at deceiving
the people in Taiwan and the world opinion, the spokesman
The majority of people in Taiwan are in
favor of peace, development, stability and improvement of
relations between the two sides of the Taiwan Straits. Chen
imposed the attempt of Taiwan independence held by a handful
of people on the broad masses of Taiwan compatriots. It will
affect the economy of Taiwan, harm the fundamental interests
of Taiwan residents and bring Taiwan into disaster, he said.
The spokesman reiterated that there is only
one China in the world. Both the mainland and Taiwan are
part of China. The sovereignty and territorial integrity of
China can't be separated.
policy is to oppose Taiwan independence and materialize the
goal of China's reunification. Nobody is allowed to separate
Taiwan from China in any form, he said.
spokesman warned the splittist forces in Taiwan not to
misjudge the situation and stop all splittist activities.
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