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NPC Foreign Affairs Committee Bashes U.S. Anti-China Act

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.

U.S. President 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.

The 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.

The 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.

Also, it 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 statement said.

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 said.

"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 statement concluded.


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