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Chinese NPC Foreign Affairs Committee Condemns U.S. Congressional Bill

A leading official of the Foreign Affairs Committee of China's National People's Congress on August 4, 1999 strongly condemned and firmly opposed a bill submitted by Sherrod Brown and some other members of the U.S. House of Representatives.

The senior lawmaker pointed out that the bill, which was submitted to the House Committee on International Relations on July 29, bluntly advocated "One China, One Taiwan" or "the independence of Taiwan." This has severely infringed upon China's sovereignty and territorial integrity, and openly tramples the norms of international relations, said the official.

The bill "grossly interferes in China's internal affairs and goes against the 'One China' policy adopted by previous U.S. administrations," he pointed out.

The legislator stressed that there is only one China in the world. "The government of the People's Republic of China is the sole legitimate government representing the whole of China and Taiwan is an inalienable part of Chinese territory," he stated, adding that this fact is universally acknowledged by the international community, including the U.S. government.

He stressed that the Taiwan issue is entirely China's internal affair.

To resolve the Taiwan issue, the basic guideline is that the two sides across the Taiwan Straits should officially end the state of hostility and achieve peaceful reunification through negotiations in line with the "one country, two systems" policy and in conformity with the principle that there is only one China, he said.

"This is also the common aspiration and strong demand of all of China's nationalities," he said, adding that such a principle also "fully meets the fundamental expectations of the people in Taiwan."

According to the lawmaker, Lee Tung-Hui, heedless of the future and interests of the majority of the Taiwan compatriots, openly engaged in separatist "two states" rhetoric, which has been commonly condemned by all the Chinese people, including the Taiwanese and overseas Chinese worldwide.

Lee's rhetoric was also opposed by the international community, the Chinese official said, adding: "Lee, scolded by all, has plunged himself into an isolated corner."

For the U.S. side, President Bill Clinton has time and again reiterated the U.S. stance to stick to the "one China" policy and expressed "three nots" in line with the three Sino-U.S. joint communiques, namely, not supporting the independence of Taiwan, not supporting "two Chinas" or "one China, one Taiwan," and not supporting Taiwan's entry into any international organization composed of sovereign states, he noted.

Even under such circumstances, Brown and others still openly asked the U.S. to abandon the "one China" policy, and support "one China, one Taiwan" or the "independence of Taiwan" in a bid to support Lee and other separatists who are playing with fire, he said.

He pointed out that Brown's move "bluntly interferes in China's internal affairs and attempts to put barriers in the path of China 's reunification," and will "definitely raise the tension across the Taiwan Straits, gravely damage peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific Region, as well as the relations between China and the United States."

He expressed the hope that the U.S. Congress, proceeding from the overall situation of safeguarding peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific Region and the entire world, takes concrete measures and put aside that bill.

"We also hope that the U.S. congressmen are fully aware of the seriousness, the damage, and the risk they will take if they support separatist activities in Taiwan that may split China," he said.

"The Chinese people are peace-loving. However, China's sovereignty and territorial integrity can never be violated," he pointed out, saying that "we will defend the state sovereignty and territorial integrity of our motherland at any price."

"China's reunification will definitely be accomplished and China is capable of realizing such a cause. Any one attempting to split China is to pick up stone for squashing his own feet," the official said, adding that such action is doomed to failure. -End-


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