China's National People's Congress (NPC) Foreign
Affairs Committee has strongly condemned U.S. congressional
acts which it says show strengthening U.S.-Taiwan
statement released in Beijing on May 13, it said the U.S.
House of Representatives recently adopted the Fiscal Year
2003 Defense Authorization Act, which contains items
strengthening U.S.-Taiwan military cooperation. The act
flagrantly demands that the U.S. military "shall
implement a comprehensive plan to conduct joint operational
training for, and exchanges of senior officers between, the
Armed Forces of the United States and the military forces of
Meanwhile, the U.S.
Senate passed the Fiscal Year 2003 State Department
Authorization Act, which details increasing arms sales to
Taiwan, asking the U.S. President to sell four Kidd-class
destroyers to Taiwan.
said that these Taiwan-related Acts passed successively by
the U.S. House and Senate seriously violated China's
sovereignty and constituted wanton interference in China's
internal affairs. "We resolutely oppose and strongly
condemn the matter."
adopted by the U.S. House claimed that the purposes of their
demand to implement the plan to strengthen U.S.-Taiwan
military cooperation are to improve the so-called
"defensive abilities" of Taiwan and to enhance
"interoperability" between the military forces of
Taiwan and the United States, the statement
It said this is virtually an
intention to establish a paramilitary alliance between the
United States and Taiwan, leading U.S.-Taiwan relations
towards military alliance.
2000, the U.S. House of Representatives adopted the Taiwan
Security Enhancement Act, which was later shelved in the
Senate in face of strong opposition and condemnation from
China, the statement said.
added, a small number of U.S. legislators would not leave
the matter to rest. Turning a blind eye to earnest
representations from China, they again raised again the
specter of interfering in China's internal affairs. Being
grave of the nature, if the Act became law, the consequences
would be dangerous.
said that it is indisputable that the provisions relating to
Taiwan in the Act the U.S. House of Representatives has
passed, are aimed at bolstering the "Taiwan
independence" forces and encouraging their arrogance in
"denying peace by use of force" and "denying
reunification by use of force" thus obstructing the
cause of China's peaceful reunification.
The statement said that it is seriously
detrimental to Sino-U.S. relations as well. The Chinese
people are extremely indignant about it and it is impossible
for them to accept.
It said that
the Taiwan question has always been the most important and
sensitive core question in Sino-U.S. relations. Both the
U.S. Democratic and Republican governments have committed
themselves to adherence to the one-China policy and
principles of the three China-U.S. joint communiqués.
This forms the cornerstone
for normal Sino-U.S.
But for a long time now
certain people in the United States have resorted to every
possible trick to interrupt and undermine the development of
Sino-U.S. relations via the Taiwan question. They repeatedly
put forward resolutions which went against the
three joint communiqués, particularly the
China-U.S. August 17th Joint Communiqué, the statement
It said that
striking examples are the Acts concocted by the U.S. Senate
and House of Representatives and other related actions taken
by the U.S. on the Taiwan question.
The statement also noted that having survived difficulties
and hardships, the present Sino-U.S. relationship need to be
mutually cherished and maintained by both sides, because it
conforms to the basic interests of both
cooperation between the United States and Taiwan and
increasing weapon sales to Taiwan will certainly raise
tensions in the Taiwan Straits and endanger the peace and
stability of the Asia-Pacific region, the statement
It will not only undermine
the interests of China, but also harm the interests of the
United States and shake the basis of Sino-U.S. relations,
the statement said.
said, history has repeatedly proved that whenever the U.S.
scrupulously observes the principles of the three Sino-U.S.
joint communiqués on the Taiwan issue, Sino-U.S.
relations develop smoothly. Otherwise Sino-U.S. relations
will take an unexpected turn and even fall
"We hope that U.S.
legislators pay serious regard to the importance of
Sino-U.S. relations, handle the Taiwan issue properly, and
act more to promote Sino-U.S. relations than to hinder
them," the statement said.
"We hope the U.S. government will strictly abide by the
principles of the three Sino-U.S. joint communiqués and
its related commitments and take effective measures to
prevent the above acts from becoming law, so that the stable
and healthy Sino-U.S. relations can be continuously
advanced," the statement said.