The Foreign Affairs Committee of China's
National People's Congress (NPC) expressed on February 2,
2000 its utmost indignation at and firm opposition
to the passing of the Taiwan Security Enhancement Act by the
U.S. House of Representatives.
According to a
statement issued by a leading official of the NPC Foreign
Affairs Committee, the act absolutely disregarded the strong
aspirations of the entire Chinese people for the peaceful
reunification of the motherland, and completely runs counter
to the principles set out in the three Sino-U.S. joint
communiques and commitments made by the U.S. on
the Taiwan issue.
It wantonly demands that the
U.S. government "make every effort to ensure the
maintenance of Taiwan by forces adequate for defense, "
in an attempt to provide a legal basis for U.S. sales of all
types of advanced weapons to Taiwan and engage in and expand
cooperation between the armed forces of the U.S. and Taiwan.
"We are utterly indignant at and firmly
opposed to such an act, which is in defiance of the norms
governing international relations, severely violates China's
sovereignty, flagrantly interferes in China's internal
affairs, and attempts to disrupt the cause of China's
peaceful reunification," the statement said.
In the act passed by the House of
Representatives, with the ulterior motive of splitting
China, uninformed and unreasonable "evidence" was
put forth stating that "Although on January 1, 1979,
the United States government withdrew diplomatic recognition
of the government on Taiwan as the legitimate government of
China, neither at the time nor since has the United States
government adopted a formal position as to the ultimate
status of Taiwan."
This is an extremely
absurd and ridiculous fallacy, the NPC statement said,
adding that the U.S. government, as early as in the
communique on the establishment of Sino-U.S. diplomatic
relations, clearly acknowledged that there is only one China
in the world, that Taiwan is part of China, and that the
government of the People's Republic of China is the sole
legitimate government of China.
Bill Clinton has repeatedly reiterated that the U.S. abides
by the "one China" policy and the "three
nos" commitment on the Taiwan issue, namely, no support
for Taiwan's independence, no support for "two
Chinas", nor "one China, one Taiwan", and no
support for Taiwan membership in any international
organizations where statehood is required.
U.S. House of Representatives turned a blind eye to the
facts, and even put forth the fallacy that the status of
Taiwan is not decided, inflating the attempts of the Taiwan
authorities to create "two Chinas", or "one
China, one Taiwan".
As everyone knows,
Taiwan has been part of China's territory since ancient
times, and the so-called Taiwan issue is an internal affair
left over by the civil war in China half a century ago.
Solving the Taiwan issue has been the greatest
wish of the entire Chinese people since the successful
settlement of the Hong Kong and Macao issues by the Chinese
government, the NPC statement said.
Chinese government has made and will continue its efforts to
solve the Taiwan issue peacefully as soon as possible and to
accomplish the country's complete reunification.
The Chinese people will not tolerate foreign
countries and external forces meddling in China's internal
affairs, and any attempts to split China will be doomed to
failure, it said.
According to the statement,
the core of the act passed by the U.S. House of
Representatives calls for reinforcing Taiwan's military
strength and all types of military links between the U.S.
and Taiwan, and to legalize the increase of U.S. arms sale
to Taiwan, according to the so-called the Taiwan Relations
Act, and under the pretext of a so-called "China
military threat" against Taiwan.
"This is an extremely dangerous act of
hegemonism," the statement said, adding that the Taiwan
Relations Act itself goes against the three Sino-U.S. joint
communiques and the U.S. government's commitments.
The U.S. has continually increased its arms
sale to Taiwan in recent years according to the Taiwan
Relations Act, undermining China's reunification and
hindering the development of Sino-U.S. relations.
It is known to all that the U.S., in the
August 17 joint communique between the two countries, said
it "intends gradually to reduce the sale of arms to
Taiwan, leading, over a period of time, to a final
resolution." In fact, the quantity and quality of
weapons sold to Taiwan by the U.S. have largely exceeded
that of its commitments since the signing of the joint
communique 18 years ago, said the statement.
Now, the House of Representatives, based on
the Taiwan Relations Act, passed the Taiwan Security
Enhancement Act in an attempt to reinforce U.S. military
support for Taiwan, the statement said, adding that the real
aim is to inflate Taiwan's independence forces and support
Lee Teng-hui's "two-states" remarks.
People have to ask what some pro-Taiwan and
anti-China members of the U.S. House of Representatives
intend by placing the Taiwan Relations Act above the three
Sino-U.S. joint communiques and relevant U.S. commitments.
"We have to tell such representatives
that arbitrary people do harm to both others and themselves,
and in the end, lift a rock only to drop it on their own
feet," the statement said.
If this act
becomes law, the statement said, it will definitely
undermine peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and
in the entire Asia-Pacific region.
will bring additional difficulties to the resolution of the
Taiwan issue and have an incredibly negative impact on
China-U.S. relations, which have been improving, the
As the Chinese government has
repeatedly stressed, the Taiwan issue bears on China's
sovereignty and territorial integrity and remains the most
vital and sensitive core issue of China-U.S. relations, it
"If the Taiwan issue is properly
handled, China-U.S. relations can move forward; if
improperly handled, bilateral relations will see turns and
twists, even setbacks," it pointed out.
Considering that China and U.S. are both
influential powers in the world, the statement said, the two
countries should steadily improve and strengthen their
relations and join hands for world peace and stability and
for the progress and prosperity of mankind.
"We urge the U.S. Congress to proceed
from the overall situation of Sino-U.S. relations, consider
the peace and stability of the Asia-Pacific region, and do
nothing against the tides of history," it said.
Finally, the U.S. government should not just
oppose this act with words, but it should also take
effective actions to prevent it from becoming law, the