Sept. 14 , in Canberra, the Chinese community in Australian Capital Territory (ACT) condemned the move by Taiwan authorities.
Chen Weidong, vice president of the ACT Council for the Promotion of the Peaceful Reunification of China, expressed his strong opposition and great indignation over the referendum plan.
The plan is quite harmful to the relationship between the two sides of the Taiwan Straits and peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region, he said at a symposium that gathered more than 40 Chinese community leaders and representatives of overseas Chinese in ACT.
Taiwan, as part of China, has no right to apply for U.N. membership, because U.N. General Assembly Resolution 2758, adopted in 1971, stipulated clearly that the government of the People's Republic of China is the sole legitimate representative of China in the world body, he added.
Han Xueye, acting president of the Federation of Chinese Community of Canberra, said the move by the Taiwan authorities totally disregards the interests of Taiwan's 23 million residents and the feelings of the Chinese nation.
She expressed her belief that all overseas Chinese will do their best to oppose the Taiwan authorities' attempt to seek "Taiwan independence."
Eileen Yang, vice president of the Australian Chinese Culture Exchange and Promotion Association, said peace between the two sides of the Taiwan Straits benefits not only economic development on the Chinese mainland, but also the interests of Taiwan's residents and overseas Chinese.
She expressed her strong support for the policies of "One Country, Two Systems" and the peaceful reunification of China adopted by the Chinese government.
Yang also said she supports the Chinese government's stance that the future of cross-Straits relations eventually lies in the hands of the 1.3 billion Chinese people, Taiwan compatriots included.