For some time, a small number of
people in U.S. Congress have continually whipped up
sentiments by strongly advocating increased arms sales to
Taiwan under the pretext of so-called Chinese Communist
Jesse Helms, Chairman of the
Foreign Relations Committee of the U.S. Senate introduced
the Taiwan Security Enhancement Act on March 24. He was
followed by Benjamin Gilman, Chairman of the International
Relations Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives,
and Thomas Delay, majority whip of the House, who
co-sponsored a similar House bill on May 18.
Then, Delay and Helms wrote to their chambers
respectively on June 7 and 11, trying to press quick passage
of their bills.
On June 8, the Senate passed
an amendment to the Defense Appropriations Act for Fiscal
Year 2000 introduced by Trent Lott, majority leader of the
This amendment openly called for
review and evaluation of "all gaps in relevant
knowledge about the current and future military balance
between the Chinese mainland and Taiwan, and of the U.S.
Defense Department's implementation of the Taiwan Relations
It is known to all that the U.S. has
continued to sell arms to Taiwan despite of signing of the
August 17th Communique with China in 1982.
U.S. arms sales to Taiwan have actually
increased by big margins in recent years. Their quality has
also gone up, which includes not only advanced early warning
and antimissile systems, but also comprehensive weapon
system such as electron-antagonistic surveillance system and
late model transport aircraft which will upgrade the overall
More over, some U.S.
congressmen are trying to bring Taiwan into the Theater
Missile Defense (TMD) system.
amendment and the proposed Taiwan Security Enhancement Act
are aimed at creating legal basis for selling advanced arms,
including TMD, to Taiwan and for closer U.S.-Taiwan military
They are also aimed at supporting
and protecting the splittist political forces in Taiwan in
their plot to create tension in the Taiwan Straits, poison
cross-Straits relations and obstruct China's reunification.
The actions of these U.S. lawmakers have
completely violated the principles enshrined in the three
Sino-U.S. joint communiques, especially the U.S.'s own
pledge under the August 17th Communique in which the U.S.
committed to gradually reducing and finally halting arms
sales to Taiwan.
Their actions have not only
posed serious threat to China's security, but will also
undermine peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific Region.
Taiwan is part of China and the Taiwan issue
is purely an internal affair of China. This is a fact that
is widely recognized by the international community,
including the United States.
actions of some U.S. legislators constitutes a grave
provocation to Chinese sovereignty and a gross interference
in China's internal affairs. We condemn and oppose these
The crux of the ups and downs in
China-U.S. relations after diplomatic recognition is the
issue of Taiwan.
The principles set forth in
the three Sino-U.S. joint communiques provide the political
foundation for the development of bilateral relations. The
U.S. government and Congress are duty bound to abide by
these principles and faithfully carry out U.S. commitment to
the "one-China" policy.
proves that China-U.S. relationship will move forward
smoothly when these principles are observed; it will suffer
setbacks when they are obstructed.
to the relationship runs counter to the fundamental
interests and aspirations of the people of both countries.
We strongly demand that the U.S. Congress
cherish the lager interests of China-U.S. relations, abide
by the principles of the three joint communiques and prevent
the aforementioned attempts from further eroding the
difficult relationship that has gone through so much