People to Decide Its Own Fate: President Chen
Wu, Central News Agency
Aug. 28 (CNA) - President Chen Shui-bian reiterated on Monday
that the future of Taiwan will have to respect the free
will of 23 million people on the island.
President, in response to questions about cross-strait relations
and its future direction in the first press conference since
he returned from six-state, 13-day visit of the Caribbean,
Central America and West Africa, reaffirmed that it will
depend on the free will and choice of Taiwan people, and
"no political party or any individual can make decision
for them unilaterally."
also spoke of the stance of the United States, saying that
the US Republican and Democratic National Conventions, and
the platforms adopted by both parties had stressed that
cross-strait issues must respect the decisions of the peoples
on both sides of the Taiwan Strait.
said that as the president of the Republic of China, his
handling of cross-strait issues must respect the consensus
reached by the people, and there will be no "preset
stance, preset conclusions, and any options will be possible."
said that he is willing to listen to the views of the people
as he urged all political parties to forego their ideological
differences and party interests, putting the interests of
the nation and the people on top of them.
said that the US President Bill Clinton had said repeatedly
that the solution of the cross-strait problem must be acceptable
to Taiwan people.
latest poll on cross-strait relations also showed that most
of the people in Taiwan do not want to be a part of the
mainland China, and that this is a fact, and that which
the US could not force Taiwan people to accept, Chen said.
said that the poll also showed that around 70 or 80 percent
of the people are in favor of the status quo whether the
fate of a future Taiwan.
he also said that the mainland still wants Taiwan to accept
its cherished "one China" principle, turning Taiwan
into a part of the People's Republic of China and forcing
it to accept the "one country, two systems" formula,
which he said goes against the wish of most people in Taiwan.
president also urged caution against the remarks of Beijing
leaders, who said one thing to Taiwan people, and another
to international community.
said that "from the communiques that mainland China
signed with more than 160 countries in establishing diplomatic
relations and the information we gathered," mainland
China's "one China" means the People's Republic
President again urged the mainland to show "sincerity,
creativity and wisdom" in dealing with Taiwan, shelving
the differences, and sit down to improve cross-strait relations
to seek a definition of "one China" acceptable
to both sides of the Taiwan Strait.
Chen also said that during his recent overseas visit, the
mainland China has shown restraint, demonstrating that cross-strait
relations have not worsened, but has become stable.
said that whether cross-strait relations could improve or
make a breakthrough will have to depend on the wisdom on
both sides of the Taiwan Strait.