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US urged to honour promise on Taiwan
Updated: 2004-08-05 01:08

Top leaders hoped the United States would honour its promise on the Taiwan question and the US Congress to understand and cautiously handle the issue.

President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao made the remarks on Tuesday and yesterday during their separate meetings with Ted Stevens, president pro tempore of the United States Senate, who arrived in Beijing on Sunday for an eight-day visit.

Hu said China's stance on the Taiwan question was unalterable and clear.

The US side should keep its promises on the question and send no wrong signals to the Taiwan authorities, he said.

Premier Wen Jiabao reiterated the principled stance of the Chinese Government on safeguarding national unification, stressing that Taiwan was an integral part of Chinese territory. Hu said different histories, cultural traditions, social systems and values between China and the United States 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 was 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 was willing to work with the US side to expand consensus, seek common points while reserving differences, remove interference and strengthen co-operation in a bid to promote the China-US constructive partnership.

He said the Chinese Government was glad to see that US president Bush and other US leaders had clearly reiterated their stance on the Taiwan question, 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 to safeguard China's sovereignty and territorial integrity, and to realize at an early date a completely reunified motherland, is the common will and cherished decision of the 1.3 billion Chinese people.

Hu said he believed the American people, who once also suffered war for 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.

More efforts should be made on things "conducive to the stability of the Taiwan Strait," Wen said.

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 have said they adhere to the one-China policy and President George W. Bush has time and again reiterated the stance to oppose "Taiwan independence."

Stevens said the US Senate had 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 attached great importance to its relationship with China.

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

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

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

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

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

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