Breaking the China-Taiwan Impasse

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APPENDIX 10

Jiang Zemin's Eight Points on Reunification, Excerpted from His Address of January 30, 1995

[FBIS Transcribed Text] Beijing, January 30 (XINHUA)—Jiang Zemin, General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and Chinese President, today made an important speech entitled “Continue to Promote the Reunification of the Motherland” and stated eight views and propositions on important questions that have a bearing on the development of relations between the two sides of the Taiwan Straits and the promotion of the peaceful reunification of the motherland.

Firstly, adherence to the principle of one China is the basis and premise for peaceful reunification. China's sovereignty and territory must never be allowed to suffer split. We must firmly oppose any words or actions aimed at creating an “independent Taiwan” and the propositions which are in contravention of the principle of one China.

Secondly, we do not challenge the development of non-governmental economic and cultural ties by Taiwan with other countries. However, we oppose Taiwan's activities in “expanding its living space internationally” which are aimed at creating “two Chinas” or “one China, one Taiwan.” Only after the peaceful reunification is accomplished can the Taiwan compatriots and other Chinese people of all ethnic groups truly and fully share the dignity and honor attained by our great motherland internationally.

Thirdly, to hold negotiations between the two sides on the peaceful reunification of the motherland. Representatives from the various political parties and mass organizations on both sides of the Taiwan Straits can be invited to participate in such talks. On the premise that there is only one China, we are prepared to talk about any mat-

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