Taipei envoy's visit ruled out in wake of 'two states' theory

PUBLISHED : Friday, 22 October, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 22 October, 1999, 12:00am

There is no need for Taiwan's top envoy to visit the mainland unless Taipei retracts the 'two states' theory raised by island President Lee Teng-hui, Beijing said yesterday.

Zhang Jincheng, a vice-chairman of Beijing's negotiating body, the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait (ARATS), said Mr Lee's theory had ruined the basis of dialogue between the two sides.

'Lee Teng-hui's statement has made it impossible for [mainland negotiator] Wang Daohan to visit Taiwan this autumn,' Mr Zhang said, during a visit to Osaka.

'Without retracting it, [Taipei envoy] Koo Chen-fu cannot visit the mainland.' It was originally agreed that ARATS chairman Mr Wang would visit Taiwan this autumn.

Mr Koo, who heads Taiwan's Straits Exchange Foundation, has offered to visit Beijing to explain Taiwan's position.

Mr Zhang's comments effectively dashed any hope that tension between Beijing and Taipei would ease in the near future.

An estimated 2,000 Taiwanese who fought for Japan during World War II are demanding that Tokyo give them their outstanding combat pay.