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Statement of Chinese NPC Foreign Affairs Committee Opposing U.S. Support of Taiwan's Attempt to Participate in WHO

U.S. President Bill Clinton recently signed two bills passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate: one is supportive of Taiwan's participation in the World Health Organization (WHO) and the other, the Omnibus Appropriations Act, contains clauses showing such support, in an attempt to help Taiwan squeeze into international organizations where statehood is a prerequisite.

The act of the U.S. Congress and Administration wantonly violates the three Sino-U.S. joint communiques, severely infringes upon China's sovereignty, brutally interferes in China's internal affairs, and tramples on the basic norms governing international relations, and for this we express our utmost indignation and strong opposition.

Taiwan is but a province of China no matter how Lee Teng-hui tries to blur this. This fact is universally recognized by the international community including the United States.

As part of China, Taiwan is not qualified nor entitled to participate in any international organization that only sovereign countries can enter. This is a most basic principle guiding international relations that nobody can negate.

The U.S. leaders and administration have repeatedly and openly stated their adherence to the "one-China" policy, and even after Lee Teng-hui started to advocate his "Two-States" remarks in an attempt to split the motherland, they again clearly promised not to support "Taiwan independence", not to support "two-Chinas" or "one China, one Taiwan", and not to support Taiwan to enter into any international organization that only sovereign countries can join. . However, the U.S. government so quickly went back on its words and, regardless of the universally-recognized international law and basic norms governing international relations, openly came out to support Taiwan in "participating" in the WHO that only sovereign countries can enter, trying to bolster the Taiwan authorities in their attempt to create "two-Chinas" or "one China, one Taiwan ", and to lay obstacles for China's reunification cause.

The Taiwan issue is the most essential and most sensitive at the core of Sino-U.S. relations. The governments and leaders of the two countries have a consensus understanding of this. The Taiwan issue is a matter concerning China's national sovereignty and territorial integrity, from which the Chinese people will never retreat.

There are always some people in the United States who hold tight to the cold war mentality and continue to regard Taiwan as their "unsinkable aircraft carrier".

Whenever Sino-U.S. relations show a fine development trend, they will come out to create various pretexts and try to interfere in China's internal affairs, infringe upon China's sovereignty and disrupt China's peaceful reunification cause. The new U.S. move to support Taiwan's attempt to participate in the WHO serves as the latest example. Such acts harm not only the development of Sino-U.S. relations but also the fundamental interests of the United States. Going against the historical trend and aimed at splitting China's sovereignty, these moves can not hold water legally and practically, have of course met with simultaneous condemnation from the entire Chinese people and are doomed to failure.

We firmly demand that the U.S. government adhere to the three Sino-U.S. joint communiques and its relevant promises on the issue of Taiwan, and proceeding from the overall interest of Sino-U.S. relations as well as the maintenance of peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region and the world at large, stop its wrong act, stop doing anything that helps the Taiwan authorities to split the motherland and do not support in any form Taiwan's participation in international organizations that only sovereign countries can join. (End)


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