President Chen Shui-bian (
If Beijing had a mind to push a cross-strait peace treaty, Chen said, China should first abandon the "one China" principle.
Second, it should abolish its "Anti-Secession" Law and third, it should immediately dismantle the 988 ballistic missiles deployed along its southeast coast targeting Taiwan, he said.
Chen made the remarks in response to a call for peaceful negotiations Chinese President Hu Jintao (
Hu urged Taiwan to discuss a formal end to the state of hostility, reach a peace agreement and construct a framework for peaceful development of cross-strait relations on the basis of the "one China" principle.
Emphasizing that Taiwan is not China, Chen yesterday said that his repeated calls to put aside disputes and pre-set agendas had fallen on deaf ears.
The crux of the problem lay in China's insistence on the "one China" principle as the precondition for cross-strait talks, Chen said.
"It is impossible to sign such an agreement under the `one China' framework," Chen said.
"What it amounts to is an accord of capitulation. Under such circumstances, Taiwan will become part of China and a province of the People's Republic of China [PRC]," he said.
Taiwan and the PRC are not related, Chen said. Taiwan was a colony of Japan when the PRC was founded in 1949 and Japan never handed Taiwan to China or the PRC, Chen said.
"Only the 23 million people of Taiwan have the right to decide Taiwan's future," he said. "China must stop confusing the world by implying that the Taiwanese are the Chinese."
Chen made the remarks in Keelung City yesterday morning.
Premier Chang Chun-hsiung (
While Taiwan's future can only be determined by its own people, China demands to talk with Taiwan on the premise that Taipei recognizes that both sides of the Strait belong to one and the same China, Chang said in response to reporters' questions.
The premier said he deeply regretted that Hu asked Taiwan's political parties to accept the "one China" principle as a precondition for contact with Beijing.
Pressed by reporters for comment, Mainland Affairs Council Chairman Chen Ming-tong (
Later yesterday, Minister of Foreign Affairs James Huang (
Huang said the media had failed to point this out, instead focusing on the "moderate tone" of Hu's speech.
Hu made lofty remarks about wanting to put an end to cross-strait hostility, sign a peace agreement with Taiwan and create cross-strait peace, but he never mentioned what China has done to limit Taiwan's international space, Huang said.
"Since Hu said he pinned great hopes on the Taiwanese public, I would like to urge him to make clear his position on Taiwanese people's wish to have normal international space," Huang said.
China's two-handed strategy of talking about peace while at the same time ruthlessly severing Taiwan's diplomatic ties with its allies will not be accepted by the Taiwanese people, he said.
Meanwhile, responding to a statement by the US National Security Council welcoming Hu's remarks, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesman David Wang (
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate Frank Hsieh's (謝長廷) camp yesterday urged the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) to offer a clear account on whether it was collaborating with Beijing in pressuring Taiwan to engage in negotiations.
DPP Legislator Huang Chien-huei (黃劍輝), who doubles as a spokesman at Hsieh's campaign office, asked KMT Chairman Wu Poh-hsiung (吳伯雄) to explain why six of the KMT's vice chairmen have made frequent visits to China.
Wu on Monday praised Hu's call for negotiations on relations under the "one China" framework
Presidential Office Secretary-General Yeh Chu-lan (
"I'd like to know whether the KMT really has the people of Taiwan at heart," she said.
Yeh said Taiwan wants peace across the Taiwan Strait, but cannot accept China's condition of unification because it has no right to unilaterally decide the nation's future.
"How can we discuss peace with China while it has 988 missiles targeted at us?" she asked.
KMT presidential candidate Ma Ying-jeou (
The two sides of the Taiwan Strait should refer back to the so-called "1992 consensus" and the formula of "one China, with each side having its own interpretation" as the foundation for cross-strait negotiations, he said.
Additional reporting by Mo Yan-chih and Flora Wang
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