The draft Anti-Secession Law to be deliberated by Chinese legislators gives
a broader room to cross-Straits consultations and negotiations on any issues as
long as the one-China principle is adhered to for national reunification, a
senior lawmaker said in Beijing Tuesday.
Wang Zhaoguo, vice-chairman of the Standing Committee of the National
People's Congress (NPC), told a NPC session the draft legislation expressly
provides that the state stands for the achievement of peaceful reunification
through consultations and negotiations on an equal footing between the two sides
of the Taiwan Straits.
These consultations and negotiations may be conducted in steps and phases
and with flexible and varied modalities, he said while making explanations on
the draft Law.
According to the draft, the two sides may consult and negotiate on
officially ending the state of hostility between the two sides, mapping out the
development of cross-Straits relations, steps and arrangements for a peaceful
reunification, the political status of the Taiwan authorities, the Taiwan
region's room of international operation that is compatible with its status, and
other matters concerning the achievement of peaceful reunification.
(Xinhua News Agency March 8, 2005)