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BEIJING IS SOURCE OF TENSION ACROSS STRAIT: GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN

2004-01-19 23:32:25

    Taipei, Jan. 19 (CNA) A statement issued by Beijing to mark the ninth anniversary of former President Jiang Zemin's eight-point proposal bears out Taipei's claims that the source of the tension across the Taiwan Strait lies in Beijing, Executive Yuan spokesman Lin Chia-lung said Monday.

    In response to the statement, Lin said Beijing's insistence that Taiwan must accept its claim that "there is only one China and Taiwan is part of it" before any talks can begin is quite different from Taiwan's request to shelve the dispute about Taiwan's sovereignty and talk about issues of substance.

    Instead of countering Beijing's unreasonable insistence by insisting that Taiwan will talk with the mainland on any issue as long as Beijing renounces the threat of force as an option in leveling out differences, Taiwan has made it clear it would like to talk with Beijing without any prerequisites, which proves that Taiwan is more flexible than the mainland in its approach to bilateral ties, Lin said.

    Beijing does not consider Taiwan as equal in status, which is why it wants to talk about who owns Taiwan and blames Taiwan for "changing the status quo" when Taiwan refuses its approach. This is unfair, Lin said.

    Should Beijing insist on talking about who owns Taiwan, Taiwan would give Beijing a dose of its own medicine by insisting on talking about Beijing's withdrawal of its missiles pointed at Taiwan and its democratization, and would turn down Beijing's request should Taiwan's requests be spurned, he said.

    Taiwan's sovereignty cannot be covered in any talks. The island has nothing to gain but everything to lose in such talks. Whoever is elected as president of the country will not exchange the country's sovereignty, territory and people for a false sense of security, Lin said.

(By Maubo Chang)

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