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China to US: Honor promises on Taiwan
Updated: 2004-08-04 08:38

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao Wednesday said China hopes the United States to honor its promise on the Taiwan issue and the US congress to correctly understand and cautiously handle the Taiwan issue.

Wen made the remarks in his meeting with Ted Stevens, president pro tempore of the United States Senate, who arrived in Beijing on Sunday for an eight-day visit.

More efforts should be made on things "conducive to the stability of the Taiwan Strait," he told Stevens.

Wen reiterated the principled stance of the Chinese government on safeguarding the national unification, stressing that Taiwan is an integral part of the Chinese territory.

Such a fact has been recognized in the Cairo Declaration, the Potsdam Proclamation and Resolution 2758 of the United Nations General Assembly, the Chinese premier said.

All of the US administrations after China and the United States established diplomatic ties stated to adhere to the one-China policy and President George W. Bush has time and again reiterated the stance to oppose the "Taiwan independence."

Stevens and Daniel K. Inouye, one of the eight US senators with the delegation, said that the US side attaches importance to US-China relations and adheres to the China policy adopted by all US presidents since 1972.

Sovereignty and territorial integrity is important to any country, Inouye said.

They said it is a fact that there is only one China and Taiwan is part of China.

The US senate is ready to enhance dialogue with China's National People's Congress on issues of common concern, they said.

President Hu: China's stance on Taiwan unalterable

Chinese President Hu Jintao told a US Senate delegation in Beijing Tuesday afternoon that China's stance on the Taiwan issue is unalterable and clear.

Chinese President Hu Jintao (R) greets Ted Stevens, president pro tempore of the Senate of the United States, in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing August 3, 2004. [Xinhua]
The US side should keep its promises on the Taiwan issue and send no wrong signals to the Taiwan authorities, he said.

Hu made the remarks when meeting with Ted Stevens, president pro tempore of the Senate of the United States, who arrived in Beijing Sunday for an eight-day official goodwill visit.

Hu said that different histories, cultural traditions, social systems and values between China and the United States share should not prevent both sides from strengthening exchanges and communications, and increasing understanding and friendship on the basis of mutual respect and equal treatment.

To develop a healthy and stable China-US relationship is not only in the fundamental interests of both peoples, but also of great importance to world peace, stability and development, said Hu.

Hu said the Chinese side is willing to work with the US side to expand consensus, seek common points while reserving differences, remove interference and strengthen cooperation in a bid to further promote the China-US constructive partnership.

Hu said that the stance of the Chinese government on the Taiwan issue is unalterable and clear.

He said the Chinese government is glad to see that US president Bush and other US leaders had clearly reiterated their stance on the Taiwan issue, which is adhering to the "one-China" policy, observing the three China-US joint communiques, and opposing the independence of Taiwan.

China hopes the US side will keep its promises on the issue, translate its commitments into concrete actions, and send no wrong signals to the Taiwan independence forces, Hu said.

Hu said that to safeguard China's sovereignty and territorial integrity, and to realize at an early date a completely reunified motherland, is the common will and strong decision cherished by the 1.3 billion Chinese people.

Hu said he believed that the American people, who once also suffered wars for the US reunification and independence, would understand the strong national will of the Chinese people. He also said he hoped the US Congress would play a positive role in this aspect.

Stevens said the US Senate has sent its highest-ranking delegation to visit China and the visit officially launched the exchange mechanism between the US Senate and China's National People's Congress (NPC), showing that the US side attaches great importance to its relationship with China.

He added that his current visit will surely be conducive to the further development of US-China ties.

Stevens said all his party believed that both the United States and China shoulder great responsibility in maintaining the peace and stability of the Asia-Pacific region and even of the world.

It is of great importance to continuously develop the US-China constructive partnership, said Stevens.

He reiterated that the United States will stick to the "one-China" policy, which is the commitment of the United States on the Taiwan issue.

Stevens and his party were invited to China as the guests of China's top legislator Wu Bangguo, chairman of the NPC Standing Committee.

On Monday, Stevens had formal talks respectively with vice-chairman of the NPC Standing Committee Sheng Huaren and Wu.

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