Japan urged to keep Taiwan commitments
By Qin Jize (China Daily)
Updated: 2006-01-25 05:58
China urged Japan yesterday to keep its commitment towards the Taiwan
question and handle former Taiwan "president" Lee Teng-hui's possible visit to
the country in the proper way.
Reports said that Lee planned to travel to Japan on May 10 for two or three
weeks at the invitation of private groups.
Lee is the chief representative of the radical force for "Taiwan
"The Taiwan question concerns the core interests of China and relates to the
national feeling of the 1.3 billion Chinese people, as well as the political
foundation of Sino-Japanese relations," said Foreign Ministry spokesman Kong
Kong told reporters at a regular briefing yesterday that Lee's repeated
request for a visit to Japan was an attempt to find a speaking platform for
Taiwan separatists, so as to undermine the peaceful reunification across the
Taiwan Straits and Sino-Japanese ties.
Kong said the Chinese side has asked the Japanese Government to abide by the
principles of the three political documents including the Sino-Japanese Joint
Statement, and to keep its promise on the Taiwan question through practical
Kong yesterday also made a response to Japanese leaders' pledges to improve
ties with its Asian neighbours in their speeches to parliament on January 20.
Kong said China has noted the separate speeches by Koizumi and Japanese
Foreign Minister Taro Aso on forging ties with China and South Korea.
"And we want to see the Japanese side improve bilateral ties with practical
actions," Kong said, vowing that China will continue to develop Sino-Japanese
friendly co-operative relationship on the principle of reviewing history and
facing the future.
(China Daily 01/25/2006 page2)