Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian on Tuesday snubbed a peace overture made by China, saying Taipei would never sign what he called a “surrender agreement” based on Beijing’s “one-China” principle.
Chinese President Hu Jintao made the offer on Monday in his keynote speech at the opening of the Communist Party’s five-yearly Congress, but insisted independence for the island would never be tolerated.
“Since Hu Jintao still demands ‘one China’ as a precondition, this would be a surrender agreement rather than a peace agreement,” Chen said while on his trip to the northern harbour city of Keelung. [Full Text]
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