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