says China still singing two tunes
7, 2000 Taipei Times
Presidential Office yesterday reiterated its view that the
dialogue between Taiwan and China should be restarted in accordance
with the principles of peace and democracy and without preconditions
or a predetermined agenda.
yesterday, in New York, Chinese President Jiang Zemin, at
a breakfast meeting with owners of media groups, appealed
to the US government to express its clear support for Taiwan's
unification with China. He also said that only if President
Chen Shui-bian could accept the "One China" policy,
could he agree to a visit to China by Chen or even to the
possibility of visiting Taiwan himself.
insists on the position represented by the `One China' policy,
and almost all countries of the world recognize this policy,"
said Jiang according to China's official Xinhua news agency.
the US government has repeatedly claimed to support the `One
China' policy, so why does this problem remain unsolved?"
stressed that since the dispute over Taiwan had become a sensitive
and important issue which might influence relations between
the US and the PRC, he expected the US government to declare
its intention to keep its promise to support the unification
Vice Premier Qian Qichen, Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan, and
Ambassador to the US Li Zhaoxing were also present at the
breakfast meeting at which Jiang made his remarks.
to the remarks, Taiwan's Presidential Office said that Beijing's
leaders always adopted a "two-faced strategy" in
expounding the meaning of the so-called "One China"
policy. "They [China's leaders] express different definitions
of this policy to Taiwan from those they present to the international
community," said Eugene Chien, deputy secretary-general
to the president.
to the prospect of resuming negotiations, he went on, "They
always impose preconditions, which involve highly contentious
and complex legal matters which require further definition."
hope that both sides can sit down and communicate without
prerequisites, conditions, or even foregone conclusions but
only on the basis of democracy and equality," he said
Chien said that President Chen had continually expressed goodwill
and sincerity since his inauguration on May 20 in order to
encourage leaders on both sides to develop creative ideas
for resuming dialogue.
have to remind people in Taiwan to be careful when listening
to the remarks of Chinese leaders," Chien told reporters.
"We reiterate," he said, "that due to its two-faced
strategy in expounding the `One China' policy, it is hard
to understand what the real meaning of China's unification