Secretary of State Powell statement, Oct. 25 and 27, 2004


In an interview with Anthony Yuen of Phoenix TV China World Hotel, Beijing, China, Secretary of State Colin L. Powell stated on October 25, 2004, "our policy is clear. There is only one China. Taiwan is not independent. It does not enjoy sovereignty as a nation, and that remains our policy, our firm policy. And it is a policy that has allowed Taiwan to develop a very vibrant democratic system, a market economic system and provided great benefits to the people of Taiwan. And that is why we think it is a policy that should be respected and should remain in force and will remain in force, on the American side, it is our policy that clearly rests on Three Communiqués. To repeat it one more time: we do not support an independence movement in Taiwan.

Secretary Powell clarified his October 25th statement in a TV interview October 27 with U.S. television channel CNBC. He said the goal "really is to have a peaceful reslution of the problem" between Taiwan and China, which split amid civil war in 1949."