Washington -- The United States, in response to the latest round of
"de-sinicizing" moves by the Taiwan authorities, reiterated its position on
Friday that it does not support Taiwan independence.
The "de-sinicizing" moves include schemes to eliminate the words China or
Chinese from company names.
"We do not support administrative steps by the Taiwan authorities that would
appear to change Taiwan's status unilaterally or move toward independence. The
United States does not, for instance, support changes in terminology for
entities administered by the Taiwan authorities," said the State Department in a
The statement reiterated that the United States does not support Taiwan
The State Department also noted that Chen Shui-bian has repeatedly said he
would not allow either inside or outside pressure to alter the pledges of "Four
Noes" he made upon taking office in 2000, namely no declaration of Taiwan
independence, no incorporation of the "two states" remarks into the
"constitution," no change of the province's name and no referendum on "Taiwan
Whether Chen will fulfill his commitments will be "a test of leadership," the
Chen announced on February 8 that the Taiwan authorities will remove the
words "China" or "Chinese" from the names of the island's "government-run"
organizations, enterprises and relevant laws and regulations. The Taiwan
authorities' new round of "de-sinicizing" moves have sparked a chorus of
protests on the island.