Beijing yesterday asked Washington to stop selling advanced weapons to Taiwan
to ensure peace and stability across the Straits.
It also criticized Libya for allowing Taiwan leader Chen Shui-bian to make a
stopover in the country on his way home from Latin America.
The United States should "cease the sale of advanced weapons to Taiwan and
military exchanges (with the island)," Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao
said at a regularly scheduled news briefing in Beijing.
Liu made the remarks in response to comments on Wednesday in Washington by US
Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick, who warned that if Taiwan declares
independence, the US would be drawn into a war between the mainland and the
Speaking to the House of Representatives' International Relations Committee,
Zoellick said the United States "wants to be supportive of Taiwan while we're
not encouraging those that try to move toward independence."
"Because let me be very clear: Independence means war," Zoellick was quoted
by Associated Press as saying.
Liu said China demands the US abide by the "three joint communiqus" and
promote stability in the Taiwan Straits. The three documents are the political
basis for Sino-US relations.
Chen made transit stops in Libya on Wednesday and in Indonesia yesterday on
his way back to Taipei from Latin America. Both Tripoli and Jakarta have
diplomatic ties with China. During the Libyan stopover, Chen was reported to
have met family members of leader Moammar Khadafy.
"This act seriously violates the one-China policy that Libya has long
maintained, and has a negative impact on mutual relations," Liu said at the news
China has made representations to the Libyan side and demanded that it keep
its promises and immediately stop any form of official contact with Taiwan, he
Responding to Zoellick's comments on China's "slow" efforts to "pressure" the
Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) back into the nuclear disarmament
talks, Liu said China's solemn position is to ensure a nuclear-free Korean
Peninsula and will continue to work towards this.
China has hosted multiple rounds of Six-Party Talks aimed at persuading the
DPRK to give up nuclear-weapon development, but the negotiations have made
Liu said the issues of denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula and Iran's nuclear
crisis would be discussed by Chinese leaders and UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan
when he visits Beijing next week. It will be Annan's seventh visit to China
since he took office.
(China Daily 05/12/2006 page1)