Chinese President Hu Jintao (R) meets with Ted Stevens, president pro tempore of the Senate of the United States, in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, August 3, 2004. (Xinhua Photo)
Chinese President Hu Jintao told a US Senate delegation here Tuesday afternoon that China's stance on the Taiwan issue is unalterable and clear.
The US side should keep its promises on the Taiwan issue and send no wrong signals to the Taiwan authorities, he said.
Hu made the remarks when meeting with Ted Stevens, president pro tempore of the Senate of the United States, who arrived in Beijing Sunday for an eight-day official goodwill visit.
Hu said that different histories, cultural traditions, social systems and values between China and the United States share should not prevent both sides from strengthening exchanges and communications, and increasing understanding and friendship on the basis of mutual respect and equal treatment.
To develop a healthy and stable China-US relationship is not only in the fundamental interests of both peoples, but also of great importance to world peace, stability and development, said Hu.
Hu said the Chinese side is willing to work with the US side to expand consensus, seek common points while reserving differences, remove interference and strengthen cooperation in a bid to further promote the China-US constructive partnership.
Hu said that the stance of the Chinese government on the Taiwan issue is unalterable and clear.
He said the Chinese government is glad to see that US president Bush and other US leaders had clearly reiterated their stance on the Taiwan issue, which is adhering to the "one-China" policy, observing the three China-US joint communiques, and opposing the independence of Taiwan.
China hopes the US side will keep its promises on the issue, translate its commitments into concrete actions, and send no wrong signals to the Taiwan independence forces, Hu said.
Hu said that to safeguard China's sovereignty and territorial integrity, and to realize at an early date a completely reunified motherland, is the common will and strong decision cherished by the 1.3 billion Chinese people.
Hu said he believed that the American people, who once also suffered wars for the US reunification and independence, would understand the strong national will of the Chinese people. He alsosaid he hoped the US Congress would play a positive role in this aspect.
Stevens said the US Senate has sent its highest-ranking delegation to visit China and the visit officially launched the exchange mechanism between the US Senate and China's National People's Congress (NPC), showing that the US side attaches great importance to its relationship with China.
He added that his current visit will surely be conducive to the further development of US-China ties.
Stevens said all his party believed that both the United Statesand China shoulder great responsibility in maintaining the peace and stability of the Asia-Pacific region and even of the world.
It is of great importance to continuously develop the US-China constructive partnership, said Stevens.
He reiterated that the United States will stick to the "one-China" policy, which is the commitment of the United States on theTaiwan issue.
Stevens and his party were invited to China as the guests of China's top legislator Wu Bangguo, chairman of the NPC Standing Committee.
On Monday, Stevens had formal talks respectively with vice-chairman of the NPC Standing Committee Sheng Huaren and Wu.