The newly adopted Anti-Secession Law has won support from other countries and international organizations that respect China's efforts to promote a peaceful national reunification.
Pakistan on Monday reiterated its support to the one-China policy, and expressed backing for the law.
Pakistani Foreign Office spokesman Jalil Abbas Jilani said Pakistan "appreciates and fully supports efforts made by the Chinese government for the reunification of Taiwan to the motherland" and considers the passing of the law as part of these efforts.
The Foreign Ministry of Russia reiterated Moscow's opposition to "Taiwan independence," and said it considered the question an internal matter for China.
"We understand the motives behind the Chinese parliament's decision to pass this law," the ministry said in a statement issued shortly after the law was ratified.
"It is extremely important that the law documents the Chinese government's main principle: the unconditional priority of using peaceful methods for the motherland's unification within the framework of 'one country, two systems' policy, and China's readiness to do the utmost with maximum sincerity for peaceful reunification," the statement said.
Russia adheres to its basic position on the Taiwan question, believing that China is a single state entity with Taiwan being its inseparable part, said the statement.
Moscow opposes "Taiwan independence" in whatever form and rejects the concept of "two Chinas" or "one China, one Taiwan," the statement said.
The statement reaffirmed that Russia views the Taiwan issue as China's internal affair.
A mutually acceptable agreement on the Taiwan question reached by the parties concerned as early as possible would reflect China's core interests on both sides of the Taiwan Straits, and meet the goal of strengthening peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region, the statement added.
Lawmakers of Russia's State Duma, the lower house of parliament, spoke highly of China's Anti-Secession Law Monday, saying China has the right to safeguard its territorial integrity.
China has the legitimate right to safeguard its territorial integrity due to the international community's recognition of the country's sovereignty over Taiwan, said Andrei Kokoshin, chairman of the Committee on Relations with the Commonwealth of Independent States and Ethnic Russians in Other Countries.
He added that the Chinese leadership has been striving for a peaceful solution to the Taiwan issue.
Vladimir Zhirinovsky, vice chairman of the State Duma, said the Taiwanese authorities should agree to a solution for the issue in accordance with the principle of "one country, two systems."
Belarus yesterday also voiced support for China's Anti-Secession Law, saying the legislation is compatible with the interests of all Chinese people and conducive to regional and world peace and stability.
Belarus said in a statement it will scrupulously abide by the commitments made in bilateral political documents signed with China regarding the Taiwan issue.
The Uzbek government will consistently support China's position on the Taiwan issue and oppose any attempt for "Taiwan independence," Deputy Foreign Minister I. Mavlanov said Monday in Tashkent, capital of Uzbekistan.
Uzbekistan insists that the government of the People's Republic of China is the sole legitimate government of China and Taiwan is an inalienable part of the Chinese territory, Mavlanov added.
He said his government opposes any attempt aimed at creating "two Chinas" or "one China, one Taiwan" and this stance is fully in line with the Chinese government's policy of peaceful reunification.
Syria on Monday voiced understanding for China's Anti-Secession Law, saying it firmly supports China's efforts for safeguarding national sovereignty and territorial integrity.
During a meeting with Chinese Ambassador to Syria Zhou Xiuhua, Syria's Deputy Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said Syria fully understands the law and supports China's peaceful reunification.
Syria opposes any form of "Taiwan independence," Muallem said, stressing that it will consistently stand by China in fighting the attempts of "Taiwan independence" secessionists.
Macedonian President Branko Crvenkovski reiterated his country's one-China policy and its support for China's Anti-Secession Law during his meeting with Chinese Ambassador Zhang Wanxue.
When meeting with Zhang, Macedonian Foreign Minister Ilinka Mitreva reaffirmed that his country respects the one-China policy.
The minister said the Taiwan issue is China's domestic affair and the government of the People's Republic of China is the sole legitimate government to represent the entire China.
Mitreva said Macedonia fully appreciates the adoption of the Anti-Secession Law by China's National People's Congress, an action that shows the determination of the Chinese people to realize the unification of China's mainland and Taiwan in a constructive way.
The foreign minister said Macedonia, together with other UN members, supports China's policy to solve the Taiwan issue through dialogue, which is conducive to peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region.
Venezuela supports China's Anti-Secession Law, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Ali Rodriguez said in a statement Monday.
The law will strengthen and advance ties across the Taiwan Straits. It also opens a channel for peaceful reunification through direct talks between the two sides of the Taiwan Straits, said the statement.
The European Union reiterated its one-China policy Monday and expressed its hope that the Taiwan issue can be solved through peaceful means.
Luxembourg acting as the EU's rotating presidency said, "The European Union urges all parties to avoid any unilateral action that might revive tensions."
The EU encouraged both sides of the Taiwan Straits to develop the initiatives that contribute to dialogue and mutual understanding in the spirit of the agreement on the direct air links established during the Spring Festival.
On the relationship across the Taiwan Straits, the EU said that the relationship should rest on a constructive dialogue and pursuit of concrete progress, holding that this is the only way to benefit both sides and to lead to an peaceful resolution of the Taiwan issue.
The African Union yesterday also reiterated its one-China policy and expressed support for China's Anti-Secession Law to prevent Taiwan's secession from China.
"The Anti-Secession Law adopted today by China's National People's Congress is of vital importance," said AU Commission Chairperson Alpha Oumar Konare when meeting with Chinese Ambassador to Ethiopia Lin Lin.
Konare said he would like to congratulate the Chinese government on the approval of the law.
"China's stance to oppose secession and achieve national reunification is very correct," he said, adding that the new law would play a very important part in China's sovereignty, territorial integrity, and even China's future development.
He said the AU adheres to its one-China policy and regards Taiwan as part of China.
The adoption of Anti-Secession Law "is not only a great success of China, but also a great success of Africa," he said.
The National People's Congress, China's legislature, on Monday passed the law that came into effect immediately after President Hu Jintao signed a presidential order to promulgate it later in the day.
(Xinhua News Agency, China Daily March 15, 2005)