Sat, Dec 18, 2004 - Page 1 News List

Chinese law `endangers status quo'


If China insists on enacting a "national unification law," it will jeopardize the Taiwanese people's goodwill and Asian regional peace and stability, Mainland Affairs Council Chairman Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) said yesterday.

Wu was responding to reports in China's state media that Beijing will introduce legislation against secession, a move analysts have said is aimed at mandating eventual "reunification" with Taiwan.

The draft law will be submitted during a session of China's parliament scheduled for Dec. 25 to Dec. 29, the Xinhua news agency said.

According to information obtained by the council, Chinese President Hu Jintao (胡錦濤) will probably announce the legislation during his visit to Macau, Wu said.

Hu is scheduled to arrive in Macau tomorrow.

"[The proposed bill] shows China's intention to unilaterally set up a law as a legal base for a future invasion of Taiwan and unilateral change of the cross-strait status quo," Wu said.

Wu urged Beijing to think twice before passing the law and not to underestimate the Taiwanese people's determination to resist China's military threats.

If China insists on the bill, this would alienate Taiwan, "seriously jeopardizing the goodwill of the Taiwanese people, and is likely to become the biggest threat to regional peace and stability in Asia," he said.

Meanwhile, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesman Michel Lu (呂慶隆) said that the ministry had contacted the US regarding China's proposed bill and messages from US officials showed signs of US opposition to Beijing's move.

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