Jiang threatens Taiwan again

Washington, 28 November 1998

At a press conference in Tokyo, Chinese President Jiang Zemin again threatened that China would use force against Taiwan. According to Japanese news reports, Jiang stated: "I would like to stress China cannot renounce the use of force against Taiwan."

The statement shows that Mr. Clinton's pronouncements to Mr. Jiang about a peaceful resolution of the conflict in the Taiwan Strait have not made any impression on the Chinese leadership.

Mr. Jiang's statement is also a clear violation of the letter and spirit of the three US-China Communiqués of 1972, 1978 and 1982, which emphasized that the conflict between China and Taiwan is to be resolved peacefully.

In view of Mr. Jiang's statements it is all the more essential that the Clinton Administration reiterates clearly that the use of force or the threat of the use of force by China against Taiwan is unacceptable, and seeks a public renunciation by the PRC of any use of force or threat of use of force.

The Taiwan Relations Act states clearly that "... it is the policy of the United States .... to consider any effort to determine the future of Taiwan by other than peaceful means, including by boycotts or embargoes, a threat to the peace and security of the Western Pacific area and of grave concern to the United States."

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