|Thursday, 14 October 2004|
One-China principle precondition for resumption
BEIJING, Wednesday (Xinhua) A spokesperson for the Chinese central authorities said here Wednesday that the "one-China" principle is the precondition for the resumption of talks and dialogue across the Taiwan Strait.
Zhang Mingqing, spokesman for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, said at a press conference that the central government's stance on cross-strait dialogue and negotiations remains unchanged. The Association for Relations Across Taiwan Straits (ARATS) of the mainland and the Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) of Taiwan reached the consensus in 1992 that "both sides across the Taiwan Strait stick to the 'one-China' principle", though each side may have their own interpretations, said the spokesman.
Earlier China angrily rejected Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian's peace overtures, saying Beijing's stance was unchanged and warning that Chen risked "great catastrophe" by pushing for independence.
"Chen Shui-bian claimed that he intends to ease tensions and confrontation across the Taiwan Strait, but has obstinately stuck to his separatist stand of 'one country on each side' of the Strait," said Zhang Mingqing, spokesman for the mainland's Taiwan Affairs Office. "If Chen Shui-bian remains bent on sticking to his splittist and Taiwan independence activities, he will never bring peace and prosperity to the Taiwan compatriots, but will only bring great catastrophe."
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