Chen move threatens peace in the Strait
Taiwan leader Chen Shui-bian yesterday abolished the "National Unification
Council" and its "National Unification Guidelines."
The move came despite
central government warnings that it will result in a serious crisis in the
Chen declared the decision soon after a meeting of the
so-called "National Security Council."
After a one-hour meeting, Chen
announced he was ending the "NUC" and doing away with its guidelines, which
commit Taiwan to eventual reunification with the motherland.
Unification Council will cease to function," Chen said. "The National
Unification Guidelines will cease to apply."
Taiwan's major parties,
including the Chinese Kuomintang, the People First Party and Non-Partisan
Solidarity Union, major associations and other social groups had strongly
opposed and criticized Chen's proposal before he took the action.
a senior official from the Taiwan Work Office of the Communist Party of China
Central Committee and the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council criticized
Chen for escalating secessionist activities, which will inevitably result in a
serious crisis in the Taiwan Strait and destroy peace and stability in the
The official pledged that the mainland will continue
with utmost sincerity and effort to safeguard and promote peaceful and stable
development of cross-Strait relations to strive for peaceful
"We'll never tolerate 'Taiwan independence' or allow Taiwan
secessionist activities to separate Taiwan from the motherland," the official
On May 20, 2000, Chen promised not to abolish the "NUC" and the
"National Unification Guidelines."
The "NUC" was established in 1990 by the
Taiwan authorities headed by Lee Teng-hui, and 14 meetings had been held since
However, no "NUC" meeting has been held since Chen
Shui-bian became Taiwan leader.
The "National Unification Guidelines" were
issued in 1991, saying both the mainland and Taiwan are under the sovereignty of
China and promoting the country's reunification should be the common task of all