- BEIJING (Reuters) - Nearly
90 percent of China's people would back any government decision to invade
Taiwan if the island declared independence, according to a public opinion
poll published Tuesday.
- The poll in the English-language China Daily showed 86.9
percent of the 1,957 people interviewed in seven cities agree the government
can resort to force if necessary.
- Taiwan President Lee Teng-hui sparked a row with China
last week by junking the longstanding ``one China'' policy in a bid to
break the wealthy, democratic island out of diplomatic isolation, angering
- The China Daily poll conducted by the Social Survey
Institute of China. showed 94.7 percent of the respondents were ''shocked''
and felt ``disgust'' at Taiwan's policy shift.
- Nearly 90 percent thought Lee would not be able to garner
support in the international community, the poll said.
- The policy of a single, indivisible China that includes
Taiwan had been a mutually accepted formula that has prevented war between
the rivals and been a cornerstone of East Asian security for decades.
- China regards Taiwan as a renegade province that must
be reunified with the mainland and has sought to push the island into diplomatic
- The China Daily poll showed 47.8 percent of respondents
said Wang Daohan, head of a semi-official Chinese body that deals with
Taiwan, should shelve his scheduled visit to Taiwan in October.
- Wang would be the most senior Chinese envoy to set foot
on Taiwan since the Communists won a civil war in 1949 and drove the defeated
Nationalists into exile.
- About 62 percent said they would not welcome Wang's Taiwan
counterpart, Koo Chen-fu, in China pending clarification of Taipei's controversial
about-face, the poll said.
- Koo made a landmark visit to China last year.