China opposes Taiwan curriculum changes

Nov. 17, 2004 at 11:27 AM
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BEIJING, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Taiwan's plans to revise history textbooks was denounced by China Wednesday as an attempt to promote the independence movement on the island.

Taiwan media recently quoted President Chen Shui-bian as saying the island needs educational reform, including history textbook revision for high school students, part of an effort to foster a unique self-identity for the island.

Li Weiyi, spokesman for China's Taiwan Affairs Office under the State Council, said the attempt was a political ploy by Chen to use reform to promote an "ideological education of Taiwan independence."

Li said Taiwan was an inseparable part of Chinese territory and cited the 1943 Cairo Declaration made during World War II and the post-war Potsdam Proclamation of 1945.

The Kuomintang government of Chiang Kai-shek, representing the Republic of China, made those agreements before their defeat on the mainland by the Communists and their retreat to the island of Taiwan in 1949.

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