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Beijing Claims:"The Taiwan Question is purely an Internal Affairs"

BEIJING CLAIMS :
"THE TAIWAN QUESTION IS PURELY
AN INTERNAL AFFAIRS"

69 Cases (August 8,1995-August 31,2000)

No. Date Source Context Summary Publication
1 8/8/95 Qin Huasun Chinese press conference on Taiwan issue in New York The Taiwan issue is purely China's internal affairs, and completely different from the German issue and Korea issue, which are the products of international agreements after World War II. The Taiwan issue is no comparison. Above all, the Taiwan issue cannot be resolved in line with the German model or the Korea model. Xinhua News Agency, August 9
2 10/13/95 Qin Huasun Letter to UN Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali Any country that calls for preventive diplomacy on the Taiwan issue, which belongs to China's internal affairs, is not out of ignorance, but of disregard for the basic principles of the UN Charter. This completely runs against the spirits of preventive diplomacy. China News Service, October 14
3 10/24/95 Li Peng Conference in Beijing to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Taiwan's recovery To resolve the Taiwan issue is China's internal affairs. The PRC will not allow any foreign power to interfere with this matter. Xinhua News Agency, October 24
4 1/30/96 Li Peng The PRC nationwide conference on President Jiang Zemin's important statements on Taiwan issue The government of the PRC has called for realizing China's unification by peaceful means. However, the PRC will not renounce the use of force against Taiwan. This does not aim at Taiwan people, but at foreign powers trying to interfere with China's unification and to support "Taiwan independence." China's unification is purely an internal affairs. No foreign power is allowed to interfere with this matter in any form. Xinhua News Agency, January 30
5 3/5/96 Li Peng Report on the programs on national economy and social development of 1995 and the outline of the prospects of 2010 The Taiwan issue is purely China's internal affairs. No foreign power is allowed to interfere with this matter by any means or in any form. The PRC government has called for and contributed to peaceful unification, but will not renounce the use of force. This does not aim at the people of Taiwan, but at foreign powers trying to interfere with China's unification and support "Taiwan independence." Taiwan's status as a part of China will never change. Xinhua News Agency, March 5
6 3/21/96 Shen Guofang Press conference of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs The Taiwan issue is purely China's internal affairs. No foreign country is allowed to interfere. Taiwan is a sacred land of China, not a protectorate of the United States. Xinhua News Agency, March 21
7 3/23/96 Qian Qichen Addressing the opening ceremony of the 2nd meeting, the Preparatory Committee of the HKSAR The Taiwan issue is purely China's internal affairs. The PRC opposes any foreign power to interfere with the Taiwan affairs.

China News Service, March 23

8 3/23/96 Director of Information Bureau, Taiwan Affairs Office, State Council Statement on the election in Taiwan The Taiwan issue is purely China's internal affairs. The PRC opposes foreign powers to interfere with China's domestic affairs in any form or by any means. Xinhua News Agency, March 23
9 3/25/96 Premier Li Peng Meeting with visiting Thailand Prime Minister Banharn Silpaarcha The Taiwan issue is purely China's internal affairs, which should be resolved Chinese people themselves. No foreign powers are allowed to interfere with this matter. China News Service, March 25
10 3/29/96 Qiao Shi Visiting Ukraine The Taiwan issue is purely China's internal affairs. Some foreign powers adopt unwise attitude, which has caused strong reaction from the Chinese people. China News Service, March 29
11 4/2/96 Qiao Shi Interviewing with Russian Information Agency, Tass, Izvestia, Segodnya, and public television The Taiwan issue is purely China's internal affairs. The PRC will never allow foreign powers to interfere with this matter by any means or in any form. China News Service, April 2
12 4/2/96 Qian Qichen, Vice Premier, Minister of Foreign Affairs Press conference at the Japanese reporters club The whole world has recognized that Taiwan is a part of China's territory. The Taiwan issue is purely China's internal affairs. No foreigners should have a saying on this matter.  
13 4/10/96 Li Ruihuan, CPPCC Chairman Meeting with the delegation from Thailand Chinese language newspapers The Taiwan issue is purely China's internal affairs. Other countries have no rights to interfere. Xinhua News Agency, April 10
14 6/26/96 Jiang Zemin, President Spanish National newspaper How to resolve the Taiwan issue is purely China's domestic affairs. The PRC insists on resolving this matter in line with the basic principles of "peaceful unification," and "one country, two systems." That the PRC does not renounce the use of force is aiming at attempts of foreign countries to interfere and the support for separatism in Taiwan. China News Service, June 26
15 7/23/96 Spokesman of Ministry of Foreign Affairs Comment on the adoption of the Resolution on "Taiwan's role in international organizations" by European Parliament The Taiwan issue is purely China's internal affairs. The PRC will not allow any foreign power to interfere. Members of the European Parliament staged an anti-China farce.

Xinhua News Agency, July 23

16 7/24/96 Cui Tiankai Press conference of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs The Taiwan issue is purely China's internal affairs. The PRC strongly opposes any foreign country violates the principles of the UN Charter and interferes with China's internal affairs. Xinhua News Agency, July 24
17 9/25/96 Qian Qichen Addressing the 51st UN General Assembly The Taiwan issue is purely China's internal affairs. The PRC will never allow any foreign country to interfere. Xinhua News Agency, September 26
18 11/10/96 Qiao Shi, NPC Standing Committee Chairman Visiting Jordan The Taiwan issue is related to China's sovereignty and territorial integrity, which is China's internal affairs. China News Service, November 10
19 12/10/96 Chi Haotian, Minister of National Defense Speaking at the National Defense University in the U.S. How to resolve the Taiwan issue is China's internal affairs. The PRC's stance on the Taiwan issue is, generally speaking, "peaceful unification," and "one country, two systems." Xinhua News Agency, December 11
20 9/4/97 Li Peng Meeting with Japan Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto The Taiwan issue is purely China's internal affairs. No foreign countries have the rights to interfere. The PRC government's stance on the Taiwan issue is clear and consistent. The Japanese government should have a clear attitude on this issue. The PRC hopes Japan can pay high regard to and respect China's stance on this issue. China News Service, September 4
21 9/24/97 Qian Qichen Addressing the 52nd UN General Assembly Taiwan is an inseparable part of China's territory. The Taiwan issue is purely China's internal affairs. Any attempt to exert pressures on the PRC with the Taiwan issue or any call for "two Chinas" or "one China, one Taiwan" violate the goals and principles of the UN Charter and the concerned resolutions adopted by the General Assembly. These moves will by no means be acceptable to Chinese people and all the just countries.

Xinhua News Agency, September 25

22 10/30/97 Jiang Zemin Addressing at the National Committee on U.S.-China relationship How to resolve the Taiwan issue is purely China's internal affairs, which should be resolved by Chinese people of the two sides themselves.

Xinhua News Agency, October 31

23 3/3/98 Li Peng Statement on the PRC government work report on Taiwan affairs in the past three years The Taiwan issue is purely China's internal affairs, which foreign powers should never step in with any excuse and in any form.

United Daily News, March 3, page 9

24 4/30/98 Zhu Bangzao, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesman Press conference The Taiwan issue is purely China's internal affairs. Any direct or indirect attempt to put Taiwan Strait under the Japan-U.S. security cooperation umbrella will be strongly opposed by the PRC and will not be acceptable by the Chinese people.

Xinhua News Agency, April 30

25 6/3/98 Jiang Zemin Interview with the chairman of Agence France-Presse The Taiwan issue is unique, which is an internal affair and an outcome of the Chinese civil war. Chinese people all expect an early unification.

United Daily News, June 4, page 13

26 7/13/98 Qin Huasun Letter to UN Secretary-General on "Taiwan's representation in the UN" The Taiwan issue is purely China's internal affairs and is Chinese people's own business. The PRC will never tolerate any country or any individual to interfere with this matter in any form or by any means.

Xinhua News Agency, July 14

27 9/11/98 Qin Huasun Statement at the UN General Assembly The Taiwan issue is purely China's internal affairs. The PRC will never tolerate any country or any individual to interfere with this matter in any form or by any means. Xinhua News Agency, September 11
28 11/27/98 Jiang Zemin Meeting with Kan Naoto, leader of the Democratic Party of Japan The Japanese government should respect the PRC's position that the Taiwan issue is China's internal affairs. United Daily News, November 28, page 13
29 11/27/1998 Jiang Zemin, PRC President Meeting with Huwa Testuzou, chairman of Japan's Communist Party The Taiwan issue is an issue between Chinese people and an issue of sovereignty. United Daily News Nov. 28, Page 13
30 11/28/98 Jiang Zemin Press conference at the Japanese reporters club The Taiwan issue, a legacy of the Chinese civil war, is China's internal affairs. Xinhua News Agency, November 28
31 1/19/99 Sun Yuxi, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesman Press conference The Taiwan issue is purely China's internal affairs. No countries or people have the rights to interfere. Xinhua News Agency, January 19
32 2/27/99 China-Vietnam Joint Statement China-Vietnam Joint Statement The government of the PRC reiterates that the Taiwan issue is purely China's internal affairs. It strongly opposes countries having diplomatic relations with the PRC to establish any form of official ties or to conduct any form of official exchanges with Taiwan. Xinhua News Agency, February 28
33 3/1/99 Zhu Bangzao, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesman Press conference of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, criticizing the U.S. Defense Department Report Taiwan is an inseparable part of China's territory. The Taiwan issue is purely China's internal affairs. No foreign countries have the rights to interfere. People's Daily, overseas edition, March 2, page 4
34 3/5/99 Zhang Wannian, PRC Central Military Commission Vice Chairman Meeting the U.S. Defense Secretary William Perry Taiwan has been the core issue of the China-U.S. relations. That the PRC will not renounce the use of force against Taiwan does not aim at the people of Taiwan, but at the separatism force in Taiwan and foreign interference. Zhang stressed that the Taiwan issue is China's internal affairs, which is beyond doubt. Xinhua News Agency, March 5
35 3/9/99 Zhu Bangzao, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesman Press conference The PRC's stance on the Taiwan issue is consistent, clear, and known to the public. The Taiwan issue is purely China's internal affairs. No foreign countries have the rights to interfere. The PRC firmly opposes countries having diplomatic relations with the PRC to conduct any form of official exchanges with Taiwan. People's Daily, March 10, page 4
36 4/27/99 Sun Yuxi, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesman Press conference The Taiwan issue is purely China's internal affairs. No foreign countries have the rights to interfere. China News Service, April 27
37 5/6/99 Zhu Bangzao, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesman Statement on bringing Taiwan into the Theater Missile Defense system The Taiwan issue is purely China's internal affairs. No foreign countries have the rights to interfere. People's Daily, May 7, page 2
38 6/24/99 Zhang Qiyue, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Comment on bringing Taiwan under the Japan-U.S. security cooperation umbrella in the press conference of Ministry of Foreign Affairs It is widely known that Taiwan is an inseparable part of China's territory. The Taiwan issue is purely China's internal affairs. Xinhua News Agency, June 24
39 7/7/99 Director of Foreign Affairs Committee, National People's Congress Comment on the "Defense Appropriation Bill" adopted by the U.S. Senate and the "Taiwan Security Enhancement Act" adopted by the U.S. Congress Taiwan is a part of China's territory. That the Taiwan issue is purely China's internal affairs is a fact recognized by the international society, including the United States. Xinhua News Agency, July 7
40 7/20/99 Zhang Qiyue, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Addressing the PLA conducting military exercise The Taiwan issue is purely China's internal affairs, unlike the East-West Germany model and the South-North Korea model. These are incomparable cases. Dai Gong Po, July 21, page A2
41 7/26/99 Tang Jiaxuan, Minister of Foreign Affairs The sixth ASEAN Regional Forum The Taiwan issue is purely China's internal affairs. If there is any attempt to support "Taiwan independence" or to separate Taiwan from the motherland by foreign powers, the PRC and the Chinese people will not keep their hands off. Xinhua News Agency, July 26
42 7/26/99 Chi Haotian, Vice Chairman of Central Military Commission, State Councilors, and Minister of National Defense Meeting with the visiting Commander-in-Chief, Brazil The Taiwan issue is purely China's internal affairs. If there is any attempt to support "Taiwan independence" or to separate Taiwan from the motherland by foreign powers, the PRC and the Chinese people will not keep their hands off. Dai Gong Po website, July 26
43 8/4/99 Director of Foreign Affairs Committee, National People's Congress Delivering a speech There is only one China in the world. The PRC government is the solely legitimate government representing China. Taiwan is an inseparable part of China's territory, a fact well recognized by the international society, including the U.S. government. The Taiwan issue is purely China's domestic affairs. Xinhua News Agency, August 4
44 8/19/99 Qin Huasun, PRC Permanent Representative to the UN Letter to Kofi Annan The Taiwan issue is purely China's internal affairs. The PRC will not tolerate any foreign interference. No one in the world cares for the future and rights of the 22 million people in Taiwan more than the PRC government and Chinese people do. Xinhua News Agency, August 20
45 8/19/99 Li Zhaoxing Press conference at the Chinese embassy in the US The Taiwan issue is purely China's internal affairs. No foreign countries have the rights to interfere. Xinhua News Agency, August 20
46 9/8/99 Jiang Zemin Press conference after meeting with Australia Prime Minister John Howard The Taiwan issue is purely China's internal affairs. The PRC will resolve the Taiwan issue in line with the principles of "peaceful unification," and "one country, two systems." However, if there is any attempt to support "Taiwan independence" by foreign interference, the PRC will not renounce the use of force. China News Service, September 9
47 10/18/99 Jiang Zemin Interview with Times, U.K. Unlike the Hong Kong and Macao issues, the Taiwan issue is a legacy of the Chinese civil war, which belongs to China's internal affairs. China Times, October 19, page 14
48 11/21/99 Zhu Rongji, Premier Interview with media from Malaysia, Philippine, Singapore, and Vietnam The Taiwan issue is purely China's internal affairs. China's sovereignty and territorial integrity are not allowed to be separated. Central News Agency, November 21
49 1/28/2000 Qian Qichen, Vice Premier Speaking at a seminar to mark the fifth anniversary of Jiang Zemin's Speech "Continue the Struggle for the Completion of the Unification of the Motherland" The Taiwan issue belongs to China's domestic affairs. At present, some foreign powers are attempting some new dangerous actions to intervene in the Taiwan issue and prevent China's peaceful unification, which has aroused our gravest concern. Xinhua News Agency, Jan. 28
50 2/2/2000 Chief of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference Comment on the U.S. House of Representatives' passage of the Taiwan Security Enhancement Act As all of you know, Taiwan is an inseparable part of China's territory. How to resolve the Taiwan issue and realize the unification of the motherland is completely China's domestic affair. Xinhua News Agency, Feb. 2
51 2/21/2000

State Council, Taiwan Affairs Office; State Council, Information Office

"The One China Principle and the Taiwan Issue" White Paper Resolving the Taiwan issue is China's domestic affair, which should be resolved by Chinese people free from any foreign power. Xinhua News Agency, Feb. 21
52 3/7/2000 Fu Quanyou, Central Military Commission PLA group discussion, the third meeting of the Ninth National People's Congress The Taiwan issue is a legacy of China's civil war, and completely belongs to China's domestic affairs. No foreign power has the right to intervene. Xinhua News Agency, March 7
53 3/10/2000 Tang Jiaxuan, PRC Foreign Minister Replying to questions by local and foreign reporters on international relations and Taiwan's foreign policy. The Taiwan issue completely belongs to China's domestic affairs. It is a legacy of the civil war between the Kuomintang and the Communist Party. Xinhua News Agency, March 10
54 3/21/2000 Tang Jiaxuan, PRC Foreign Minister Meeting with U.S. Representative to the United Nations Richard Halbrooke The Taiwan issue belongs to China's domestic affairs. Recently, Taiwan held a local election. We are listening to the words and watching the behavior of Taiwan's new leader. Xinhua News Agency, March 21
55 3/21/2000 Jiang Zemin, PRC President Meeting with U.S. Representative to the United Nations Richard Halbrooke. The Taiwan issue is the largest stumbling block for the improvement of U.S.-China relations. The Taiwan issue belongs to China's domestic affairs. Xinhua News Agency, March 21
56 3/30/2000 Jiang Zemin, PRC President Meeting with Samuel Berger, U.S. assistant to the President for National Security Affairs. The Taiwan issue purely belongs to China's domestic affairs. The issue, which has remained unsettled up to now, has become a focal point in U.S.-PRC relations, for which the U.S. must have some responsibility. China News Service, March 30
57 3/30/2000 Qian Qichen, Vice Premier Meeting with Hong Kong delegation Taiwan is an inseparable part of China. The Taiwan issue purely belongs to China's domestic affairs. Our insistence on the one China principle will never be swayed China News Service. March 30
58 5/9/2000 Tang Shubei, ARATS Vice Chairman Speaking to a seminar on cross-strait relations On this fundamental issue, the Chinese government and people have no room to retreat and can by no means make any concession. The Taiwan issue purely belongs to China's domestic affairs. Xinhua News Agency, May 9
59 5/11/2000 Tang Jiaxuan, PRC Foreign Minister Meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori The Taiwan issue belongs to China's domestic affairs. China News Service. May 11
60 5/15/2000 Li Zhaoxin, The PRC Ambassador to the United States In meeting with reporters from Peru. The Taiwan issue is purely a domestic affair. The Shanghai Communique already recognized that the Beijing government represents the entire China. Taiwan is part of China, with some 160 countries in the world, the United Nations, and other international organizations holding the same position. U.S. President Bill Clinton stated Washington's three-nos policy while visiting Mainland China in 1998. Central News Agency, May 15
61 5/16/2000 Zhang Qiyueh, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson A news conference for local and foreign journalists. The Taiwan issue is China's domestic affair. No outsider has the right to interfere in China's domestic affairs. China Times, May 16
62 6/13/2000 Zhu Bangzao, PRC Foreign Ministry Spokesman Regular press conference. The Taiwan issue is purely a domestic issue from Chinese civil war. Its nature is completely different from the German issue and the Korean issue, which were outcomes of international agreements after World War II. Therefore, the Taiwan issue cannot be compared to the two. China Times, June 14
63 6/20/2000 Zhu Bangzao, PRC Foreign Ministry Spokesman Press conference. The Taiwan issue purely belongs to China's domestic affairs. China has the full ability to resolve this issue. On this issue, no other parties have the right to interfere.. Wen Wei Po, June 21
64 6/27/2000 Zhu Bangzao, PRC Foreign Ministry Spokesman News conference. The Taiwan issue is completely different from the Korean issue in terms of origin and in nature. The Taiwan issue is one from Chinese civil war, which belongs to China's domestic affairs. It can only be resolved under the "one China" framework. China News Agency, Beijing , June 27
65 7/13/2000 Jiang Zemin, PRC President Meeting with U.S. Defense Secretary Cohen. "The Taiwan issue belongs to China's domestic affairs." The "one China" principle is the basis and precondition to have a peaceful resolution of the Taiwan issue. Whether to follow the "one China" principle or not is the test to determine there is any sincerity to open dialogue. Central News Agency, Taipei, July 13
66 7/18/2000 Sino-Russia Declaration in Beijing   China and Russia believe that the Taiwan issue purely belongs to China's domestic affairs, which does not allow any foreign forces to interfere in resolving the Taiwan issue. Any attempt to do so will only destabilize the Asia-Pacific situation. Xinhwa News Agency, Beijing, July 18
67 7/24/2000 Hu Qintao, PRC Vice President Speaking in Indonesia, the third country in his visits to five countries in Asia and Europe The Taiwan issue belongs to China's domestic affairs. Central News Agency, July 24
68 8/4/2000 Zhu Bangzao, PRC Foreign Ministry Spokesman Comments on preposition by a few countries supporting Taiwan's bid to the UN. The Taiwan issue purely belongs to China's domestic affairs. It is a matter of Chinese themselves, which by no means allows foreign interference. Xinhwa News Agency, Beijing, August 4
69 8/4/2000 Wang Yingfan, PRC Ambassador to UN Letter to UN Secretary-General The Taiwan issue purely belongs to China's domestic affairs. It is a matter for Chinese themselves, which by no means allows foreign interference. No one else in the world cares the future and interests of the 23 million people in Taiwan more than the Chinese government and the Chinese people do. China News Agency, UN. August 4