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