RENOUNCES ITS "ONE CHINA POLICY"
Updated: July 15, 1999
9, during a radio interview with a German radio station, Taiwan's
president Lee Teng-hui for the first time ever called Taiwan's
ties with China a "state-to-state" relationship, thus effectively
abolishing Taiwan's government's long-held "One China Policy."
said the idea of one, indivisible China that included Taiwan
had to be scrapped because Beijing was using it to undermine
the legitimacy of the island's government.
government spokesman explained: "We have shown our goodwill
by calling ourselves a political entity under a one-China
policy, but the Chinese communists have used this policy to
squeeze us internationally. We feel there is no need to continue
using the one-China term."
in Taiwan praised President Lee "for daring to stand up to
Communist China, saying the move was long overdue."
Lee's claim was not welcomed in Beijing however. Beijing insists
that the mainland and the island are one country and that
Taiwan is a renegade province of China. A Chinese spokesman
sternly warned President Lee (calling him an "international
troublemaker") after making the remark "to halt these separatist
activities," accusing him of "paying lip-service to Taiwan's
eventual unification with China while plotting independence."
used by Beijing is some of the harshest since March 1996,
when China conducted missile tests near the island following
President Lee visit to Cornell University.
15, 1999, according to the wire service, China even hinted
at using nuclear force. Reuters wrote "Communist China, facing
continued defiance from Nationalist-ruled Taiwan in war of
words over the island's status, added a nuclear element to
its arsenal on Thursday by saying it had neutron bomb technology."
to all this Chinese rhetoric, President Lee urged the international
community to ask China to give up the threat of force against
Taiwan and to resolve disputes through peaceful means.
Administration on Monday July 12, avoided comments on President
Lee's statement "while indicating continued hope for a continued
dialogue between Taiwan and mainland China."
in Japan, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said that: "There is
no change at all in the Japanese government's position on
newspapers sharply criticised Taiwan for "abandoning its one-China
policy, saying the move destabilized the region and could
affect its economic recovery."
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President Lee's move, and rejoices in the fact that Taiwan's
government has finally decided to acknowledge reality and
that it has determined that Taiwan is an independent state.
This is a major step towards Taiwan's de jure independence.
will also influence Taiwan's bid to join international organizations
that require statehood.
urges the U.S. State Department to also start acknowledging
reality and substitute its "One China Policy" for a "One China,
One Taiwan policy" - a policy that reflects reality!