Chinese President Jiang Zemin reiterated Friday that China cannot rule out the possibility of exercising military force to prevent Taiwan’s independence.

During a meeting Friday with Tetsuzo Fuwa, chairman of the Japanese Communist Party, Jiang was quoted by Fuwa as saying that Taiwan is the Chinese people’s issue and will not be addressed in the same manner as the Hong Kong issue, in which China negotiated with Britain.

Fuwa said he told Jiang that the Japanese government should make it clear that Taiwan and the Taiwan Strait are not covered by the revised Japan-U.S. defense cooperation guidelines.

The JCP will try to question the government in Diet deliberations on bills designed to implement measures in the guidelines, Fuwa said.

Fuwa and Jiang, who also heads the Chinese Communist Party, confirmed that the two parties will promote personnel exchanges. The JCP plans to send a mission to China, while the Chinese Communist Party plans to visit and observe the activities of its Japanese counterpart.

Fuwa visited China in July and met with Jiang and other executives of the Chinese Communist Party. Fuwa’s visit followed normalization of ties between the two parties during the previous month.

The ties were severed in 1967 during China’s Cultural Revolution, when the Chinese Communist Party attacked the JCP as one of its four enemies after it rejected Beijing’s demand that it accept Mao Zedong’s ideology as absolute.

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