in Beijing on March 15 that China will not tolerate
"Taiwan independence" and that the
Chinese people are ready to shed blood and sacrifice their
lives to defend the unity of their motherland and
the dignity of the Chinese nation.
He made the warning at a press conference
which was held shortly after the conclusion of the
3rd Session of the Ninth National People's
The premier said that the
upcoming Taiwan election is a local election, that
the election is the Taiwan people's own affair, and that the
Chinese government will not interfere.
"But I want to make clear here that whoever
comes into power in Taiwan after the election must not go
about 'Taiwan independence', nor will 'Taiwan independence'
in whatever form be allowed," he stressed,
adding, "this is the bottom line of the Chinese
government and represents the common wish of the 1.25
billion people in China."
"Our consistent principle on the
settlement of the Taiwan question has been
'peaceful reunification' and 'one country, two
systems', but we do not promise giving up the use
of force to resolve the Taiwan issue," the
"We will support whoever
upholds the 'one China' principle, and we can hold
negotiations with him on any question and are ready to make
concessions on our part," he said.
"Whoever goes about 'Taiwan independence'
is doomed," he said. "Because such a
proposition runs against the wishes of the Chinese people on
both sides of the Taiwan Strait, and runs against the
wishes of overseas Chinese and people of Chinese
origin all over the world."
premier rebuffed the presumption that China dare not use
force to resolve the Taiwan question. "Some
people are calculating how many aircraft, missiles and
warships China possesses, and have concluded that China dare
not and will not use force (to resolve the Taiwan
issue)," he said. "According to such kind of
calculation, Hitler would long have ruled the
"People making such
calculations don't know about the Chinese history.
The Chinese people are ready to shed blood and sacrifice
their lives to defend the unity of their
motherland and the dignity of the Chinese
nation," Zhu stressed.
While declining to
confirm the possibility of China engaging in military
exercises before the Taiwan election, Zhu said the
Chinese government policy of not promising to give
up the use of force to resolve the Taiwan question
is directed against foreign intervention and
separatist forces in Taiwan but not against the
worries about recent dramatic changes concerning the Taiwan
election, Zhu urged Taiwan people not to act on impulse,
"lest they should regret."
recent plunging stock prices in Taiwan as evidence of
widespread worries and anxieties of the Taiwan people, who
fear a possible war across the Taiwan Strait in
case pro-independence forces come into power in
Taiwan as a result of the election.
expressed his belief in Taiwan people's political wisdom and
his trust for them to make a "wise, historic
"But there are only three
days left for the Taiwan election, and the result
is hard to predict, since anything unexpected could
happen," he warned, calling for vigilance on the part
of all Taiwan compatriots against pro-independence
On the question of current tension
across the Taiwan Strait, Zhu said, there was
first the "two state" theory, then came the
White Paper on the Taiwan issue. "If there
had not been the 'two state' theory, perhaps there
would not have been the White Paper," he said, adding
the White Paper explains comprehensively and in
detail China's principles and policies on the
Taiwan issue and does not contain any new content.
He also explained reasons why the White Paper
has met with such strong reaction from the outside world.
"It is because there are some people in a
certain country who have all along been against
China and taken China as its potential enemy, and
who want to use Taiwan as an unsinkable aircraft
carrier against China; and that is why they want
to see the Taiwan question drag on indefinitely."
He urged "a shift from threat to dialogue
across the Pacific Ocean", instead of "a
shift from threat to dialog across the Taiwan
Strait" as was proposed by U.S. President Bill Clinton
in a speech he made at Johns Hopkins University on March 12.
But the premier said at present he does not
want to relate the Taiwan question to the United
States, not to Sino-U.S. relations in particular.