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Statement by China's NPC Foreign Affairs Committee on U.S. Administration's Endorsement of "Foreign Operations Appropriation Act for Financial Year 2001"

       The U.S. Administration has recently signed into law the "Foreign Operations Appropriation Act for Financial Year 2001". The Act, passed earlier by U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, contains a number of anti-China provisions. By exploiting the issues of Taiwan, Tibet and human rights, the Act has gone out of its way to interfere in China's internal affairs and undermine China's interests. We hereby express our strong indignation and resolute opposition.  

       The Act once again calls for U.S. arms sales to Taiwan and requires that the President consult with Congressional leaders and ranking members prior to the new round of arms talks between the United States and Taiwan. The U.S. side ought to remember quite well that the U.S. Government made a clear-cut commitment under the August 17th Joint Communiqué of 1982. Namely, the U.S. "does not seek to carry out a long-term policy of arms sales to Taiwan", "that its arms sales to Taiwan will not exceed, either in qualitative or in quantitative terms, the level of those supplied in recent years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and the United States, and that it intends gradually to reduce sales of arms to Taiwan, leading, over a period of time, to a final resolution". However, the last few years saw the U.S. side's flagrant violation of the August 17th Joint Communiqué in total disregard of China's firm opposition. Instead of reducing and stopping arms sales to Taiwan, the United States has substantially increased sales of advanced weapons to Taiwan, the level of which has, either in qualitative or in quantitative terms, far exceeded that of the years described in the joint communiqué. The U.S. action has not only severely encroached upon China's sovereignty, but also inflated the arrogance of the "Taiwan independence" forces on the island, resulting in rising tension in the Taiwan Straits and obstructing China's cause of peaceful reunification. The U.S. side should fully recognize the grave consequences of continued U.S. arms sales to Taiwan, conscientiously abide by the three joint communiqués and its own related pledges and cease its arms sales to Taiwan immediately.

       Furthermore, the Act has violated international norms by supporting, under various excuses, Chinese activists working to split the country and other hostile elements. We strongly condemn such act of the U.S. side.

       It is in the fundamental interests of both countries that China and the United States maintain and promote a stable and healthy relationship. We wish to offer the U.S. side a piece of advice: treasure the larger interest of the relationship, honor the three joint communiqués and the basic norms governing international relations, stop using Taiwan, Tibet and human rights issues as excuses to interfere in China's internal affairs and refrain from doing anything more to harm China-U.S. relations.  


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