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One China Committee Update 29

April 2010

Two One China Committee chapters established

Two One China Committee chapters were established. One China Committee in Washington D.C. headed by Hunter Huang and One China Committee in Los Angeles headed by George Shen.

Chinese President delivers New Year address

Chinese President Hu Jintao urged maintaining steady and relatively fast economic development in a New Year address broadcast Thursday December 31 to domestic and overseas audience via state TV and radio stations.

Hu added that the country will stick to the guidelines of "one country, two systems", "Hong Kong people governing Hong Kong", "Macao people governing Macao" and a high degree of autonomy to maintain long-term prosperity and stability of Hong Kong and Macao.

He said the policy of "peaceful reunification and one country, two systems" will be adhered to and exchanges and cooperation across the Taiwan Strait will be enhanced to bring more benefits to people on both sides.

"I'd like to solemnly reiterate that China will hold high the flag of peace, development and cooperation and firmly adhere to the foreign policy of maintaining world peace and promoting common development," Hu said.

President Ma's New Year's Day Message

President Ma Ying-jeou said January 1, 2010 in his New Year's Day Message that the government will work hard in the new year to improve its shortcomings and lead the country to a brighter future.

On China-Taiwan issue, he stated:

My fellow citizens, the people of the two sides of the Taiwan Strait are all of Chinese ethnicity. We share a common heritage, language, history and culture. But the two sides have been separately governed for 60 years now. In that time, each side has operated under different political, economic and social systems. As our ways of life and experiences are vastly different, we require a certain period of time in which to connect and gain a better understanding of each other. At present, making political choices hastily, whether they be for immediate unification or immediate independence, would cause serious confrontation and tumult. No one would be the better-off, and neighboring nations would all be affected.

And so, for cross-strait relations, I have always called for adherence to the principle of "no unification, no independence and no use of force" under the framework of the ROC Constitution, and have sought to promote cross-strait interaction and cooperation within the parameters of the 1992 Consensus. This is not passively maintaining the status quo, but rather an active attempt to gain enough time in which to allow for the peaceful development of the cross-strait relationship. This will help the people of Taiwan and mainland China better understand one another and eliminate prejudices through greater communication and cooperation in the areas of trade and culture. With Chinese culture as the foundation, we can seek pragmatic and feasible solutions to cross-strait disputes.

Why Taiwan is central to Chinese sovereignty

In an article, "Why Taiwan is central to Chinese sovereignty," Sarah Carlson reviews arms sale and the history of separating Taiwan from China, and notes the official justification for the overt U.S.-backed militarization of Taiwan has been Taiwan's "defense" needs--a narrative that sharply departs from the history of imperialist aggression against China and the role of Taiwan in the conflict.

She points our that the military relationship between the United States and Taiwan is not a "partnership"; it is a tool for the implementation of U.S. imperialist policy. Despite China's extensive capitalist reforms in recent decades, Washington recognizes that the Chinese government is fundamentally different from those of its imperialist allies. It seeks nothing short of the overthrow of the Chinese Communist Party and the removal of any obstacles that still remain for U.S. capital in China.

The author further notes that China has made clear that the recent arms deal interferes with its internal affairs and national security, but Washington continues a massive military buildup and continues to hinder the reunification of Taiwan with mainland China. Washington, not Beijing, is the real aggressor in the region. (Source: Sarah Carlson, PSLweb.org, Feb 11, 2010).

Taiwan people protest against weapon sales

Taiwan people in favor of reunification protested against the US arms sales to Taiwan, condemning the US for trying to damage cross-Straits peace and stability and calling for the Taiwan government to reject the deal.

The preparation committee for the Cross-Straits Peace Development Forum issued a statement protesting the proposed arms sale to Taiwan by the US, and criticized the US for its "Cold War" mentality in containing China, saying the deal harms China's national security and threatens peace in East Asia, Hong Kong-based China Review News reported on Monday.

The preparation committee for the Cross-Straits Peace Development Forum consists of civilian groups in Taiwan that favor reunification with the motherland. They include the Alliance for the Reunification of China, the Taiwan Labor Party and the China Foundation.

The statement also condemned the US for trying to break cross-Straits stability and peace and manipulate Taiwan's political situation. It emphasized that mutual political trust is the foundation for cross-Straits reconciliation and cooperation.

The committee suggested the Ma administration should use the budget for the well-being of the Taiwan people rather than give the money to US military suppliers. (Source: China Daily, Feb 3, 2010).

Forum launched to promote peaceful development of cross-strait ties

A civil forum dedicated to promoting peaceful development of relations between Taiwan and China was launched in Taipei March 27.

Wu Rongyuan, chairman of the Labor Party which favors gradual reunification of Taiwan and China, said at the launching ceremony at the Taipei Train Station that cross-strait affairs should not be monopolized by political parties or politicians.

In order to give the grassroots population a say in these affairs, Wu said, his party and 18 other like-minded private groups have founded the Cross-Strait Peaceful Development Forum to seek public support for peaceful development of links between Taiwan and China.

Chi Hsin, a co-convener of the forum and leader of the Alliance for the Reunification of China, said she hoped 2010 would be the beginning of a dynamic peaceful development of ties between China and Taiwan. (Source: Taiwan News,. Mar 27. 2010).