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HK CPPCC Members Strongly Condemn "Taiwan Independence" Remarks (08/12/02)

More than 60 members of National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in Hong Kong gathered on Aug. 12 to strongly condemn Chen Shui-bian's remarks on "Taiwan independence."

  Henry Fok, vice-chairman of the CPPCC National Committee, said that Chen Shui-bian's claim of "one country on each side" was exactly the same thing as the "state-to-state" statement masterminded by his predecessor Lee Teng-hui, signaling that Chen was already on the road of "Taiwan independence".

  "There is only one China, and Taiwan is part of China," Fok said, adding that this was acknowledged by the peoples from more than 100 countries. Chen's fallacy to split the motherland will surely be condemned by the international community, as well as people of the whole Chinese nation including the Taiwan compatriots, Fok said.

  Chuang Shih Ping, member of the Standing Committee of the CPPCC National Committee, said at the symposium that Chen's claim revealed his real purpose of "Taiwan independence" and will surely sabotage the relations across the Taiwan Straits.

  It is a common wish of the whole Chinese people including the 23 million Taiwan compatriots to realize the reunification of the motherland under the one-China principle, Chuang said. The peaceful reunification of the motherland is the happiness of the Taiwan people, Chuang added.

  All the participants to the symposium sternly dismissed Chen's claim, saying that any attempts to split the motherland will never succeed. They warned that Chen has to stop any of his splitting activities.

  The Federation of Hong Kong Guangdong Community Organizations also issued a statement to oppose "Taiwan independence" and safeguard the reunification of the motherland.

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