New Members Since Update 9Mr. Gene Bonk (IL), Retired, Flying Tiger
Two founding members passed away
Dr. Thomas To Shen and Dr. Lee-hsia Ting, founding members of the One China committee passed away recently. Their biographies are found in
Anti-Secession Law adopted
The Tenth National People's s Congress in its third secession adopted the Anti-Secession Law on March 14, 2005. The following is the full text of the Anti-Secession Law:
Article 1 This Law is formulated, in accordance with the Constitution, for the purpose of opposing and checking Taiwan's secession from China by secessionists in the name of "Taiwan independence", promoting peaceful national reunification, maintaining peace and stability in the Taiwan Straits, preserving China's sovereignty and territorial integrity, and safeguarding the fundamental interests of the Chinese nation.
Article 2 There is only one China in the world. Both the mainland and Taiwan belong to one China. China's sovereignty and territorial integrity brook no division. Safeguarding China's sovereignty and territorial integrity is the common obligation of all Chinese people, the Taiwan compatriots included.
Taiwan is part of China. The state shall never allow the "Taiwan independence" secessionist forces to make Taiwan secede from China under any name or by any means.
Article 3 The Taiwan question is one that is left over from China's civil war of the late 1940s.
Solving the Taiwan question and achieving national reunification is China's internal affair, which subjects to no interference by any outside forces.
Article 4 Accomplishing the great task of reunifying the motherland is the sacred duty of all Chinese people, the Taiwan compatriots included.
Article 5 Upholding the principle of one China is the basis of peaceful reunification of the country.
To reunify the country through peaceful means best serves the fundamental interests of the compatriots on both sides of the Taiwan Straits. The state shall do its utmost with maximum sincerity to achieve a peaceful reunification.
After the country is reunified peacefully, Taiwan may practice systems different from those on the mainland and enjoy a high degree of autonomy.
Article 6 The state shall take the following measures to maintain peace and stability in the Taiwan Straits and promote cross-Straits relations:
(1) to encourage and facilitate personnel exchanges across the Straits for greater mutual understanding and mutual trust;
(2) to encourage and facilitate economic exchanges and cooperation, realize direct links of trade, mail and air and shipping services, and bring about closer economic ties between the two sides of the Straits to their mutual benefit;
(3) to encourage and facilitate cross-Straits exchanges in education, science, technology, culture, health and sports, and work together to carry forward the proud Chinese cultural traditions;
(4) to encourage and facilitate cross-Straits cooperation in combating crimes; and
(5) to encourage and facilitate other activities that are conducive to peace and stability in the Taiwan Straits and stronger cross-Straits relations.
The state protects the rights and interests of the Taiwan compatriots in accordance with law.
Article 7 The state stands for the achievement of peaceful reunification through consultations and negotiations on an equal footing between the two sides of the Taiwan Straits. These consultations and negotiations may be conducted in steps and phases and with flexible and varied modalities.
The two sides of the Taiwan Straits may consult and negotiate on the following matters:
(1) officially ending the state of hostility between the two sides;
(2) mapping out the development of cross-Straits relations; (3) steps and arrangements for peaceful national reunification; (4) the political status of the Taiwan authorities;
(5) the Taiwan region's room of international operation that is compatible with its status; and
(6) other matters concerning the achievement of peaceful national reunification.
Article 8 In the event that the "Taiwan independence" secessionist forces should act under any name or by any means to cause the fact of Taiwan's secession from China, or that major incidents entailing Taiwan's secession from China should occur, or that possibilities for a peaceful reunification should be completely exhausted, the state shall employ non-peaceful means and other necessary measures to protect China's sovereignty and territorial integrity.
The State Council and the Central Military Commission shall decide on and execute the non-peaceful means and other necessary measures as provided for in the preceding paragraph and shall promptly report to the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress.
Article 9 In the event of employing and executing non-peaceful means and other necessary measures as provided for in this Law, the state shall exert its utmost to protect the lives, property and other legitimate rights and interests of Taiwan civilians and foreign nationals in Taiwan, and to minimize losses. At the same time, the state shall protect the rights and interests of the Taiwan compatriots in other parts of China in accordance with law.
Article 10 This Law shall come into force on the day of its promulgation
CPC and KMT issued a joint communique to work for formal end of cross-Straits hostility
Kuomintang (KMT) party issued a joint communique on the "common aspiration and prospects for cross-Straits peace and development" Friday, April 28 in Beijing.
The document was signed Friday afternoon by General Secretary of the CPC Central Committee Hu Jintao and KMT Chairman Lien Chan after a more-than-two-hour meeting, the first between top leaders of the two parties in 60 years.
The document says that the CPC and KMT have agreed to work together to promote cross-Straits exchanges and cooperation in five aspects.
Firstly, the two parties have agreed to promote the earlier restoration of cross-Straits talks and to seek happiness and benefits for people on both sides of the Straits. They will promote the reopening of equal consultation on the basis of the "1992 Consensus" to discuss issues of common and respective concerns and boost the positive and healthy development of cross-Straits relations.
Secondly, the two parties will make joint efforts to promote the formal end of the state of hostility across the Taiwan Straits and will take steps towards reaching a peace accord, building a framework for peaceful and steady development of cross-Straits relations, including a mechanism of military mutual trust, in order to avoid military conflicts across the Straits.
Thirdly, the CPC and KMT will promote all-round economic cooperation, help cement economic and trade relations and promote the "three direct links" across the Taiwan Straits. They have also agreed to take steps to increase and guarantee investment and trade across the Straits, enhance cooperation in agriculture and fishery sectors and facilitate the sales of Taiwan farm produce tithe mainland.
At the same time, the two parties will work together to promote the improvement of the order of cross-Straits exchanges and the crackdown on crimes in order to establish a stable economic cooperation mechanism, and promote discussions for establishing a cross-Straits common market, which will be regarded as an issue of priority once cross-Straits consultations are resumed.
Fourthly, the two parties will discuss the issue of Taiwan's participation in international activities after the resumption of cross-Straits dialogue. Priority will be given to the discussion about Taiwan's participation in the activities of the World Health Organization. The two sides will join hands to create conditions and find a final solution step by step.
Fifthly, the CPC and KMT have agreed to establish a platform for regular exchanges between the two parties, including exchange of visits between party officials at different levels, discussions on improving cross-Straits relations and consultations on issues concerning the fundamental interests of Chinese compatriots on both sides of the Straits. People from all walks of life will be invited to join in the discussions on measures to cement cross-Straits exchanges.
The People's Daily (Apr. 29) highlights the communique as follows:
?Both the CPC and KMT adhere to the "1992 Consensus" and oppose to "Taiwan independence," and it is their common stance to seek peace and stability across the Taiwan Straits, promote cross-Straits relations and safeguard the interests of the Chinese compatriots on both sides of the Straits.
??romotion of exchanges and visits between people across the Taiwan Straits and concerted efforts to carry forward the Chinese culture will help end estrangement, enhance mutual trust and buildup consensus.
??eace and development are the general trend of the 21st century; peace and development across the Taiwan Straits are in conformity with the common interests of Chinese compatriots on both sides of the Straits, as well as the interests of the Asia-Pacific region and the world at large.