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Clinton Publicly Reiterates U.S. "Three No's" Principles on Taiwan

Visiting U.S. President Bill Clinton publicly reiterated in Beijing on June 30 that the U.S. does not support independence for Taiwan, or "one China, one Taiwan", or "two Chinas", or its membership in any international bodies whose members are sovereign states.

In a round-table discussion with local residents, Clinton said: "I had a chance to reiterate our Taiwan policy which is that we don't support independence for Taiwan, or 'two Chinas', or "one Taiwan, one China', and we don't believe that Taiwan should be a member in any organization for which statehood is a requirement."

The U.S. president said that he had reiterated the U.S. commitment on the Taiwan issue to President Jiang Zemin while in Beijing.

"So I think we have a consistent policy," Clinton said. He continued that he has had an in-depth exchange of views on a wide-range of issues with President Jiang on Sino-U.S. relations and major global issues of common concerns, which helped enhance the mutual understanding.

"Everyone understands that there is a new China emerging in the world that is more prosperous, more open and more dynamic," he stressed.

His extensive contacts with the people of various circles in China during this visit would help enhance the friendship and cooperation between the people of the U.S. and China, he added.

The two countries should eliminate their differences and further increase consensus through dialogue and cooperation though they still have differences on some issues, the U.S. president said.

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