China protests Chen's US stopover
Updated: 2007-01-08 14:28
China on Monday lodged solemn representations to the United States on
reported Taiwan leader's transit stop there. China's
statement came in response to reports about the US decision to allow Taiwan
leader Chen Shui-bian to stop off in the United States on his way to Nicaragua
"The Chinese side opposes the United States and the Taiwan
authorities having any form of official dealings," Chinese Foreign Ministry
spokesman Liu Jianchao said in a statement on the ministry's Web site (www.fmprc.gov.cn), stressing that China's
stance is "clear and consistent."
"We express serious concern about
related reports," Liu said, refering to Chen's layover in California on the way
to attend the swearing in of Nicaraguan President-elect Daniel
"We have made serious representations to the US
Chen will stay overnight in San Francisco on Monday before leaving
for Nicaragua, one of the island's few diplomatic allies.
be pointed out is that the real aim of Chen Shui-bian's 'transit stop' in the
United States is to carry out activities whose purpose is to split China and
damage Sino-US relations," Liu added.
"The US government should not allow Chen Shui-bian to
conduct any activity in the United States in any name or for any excuse," Liu
Liu urged the US side to abide by
the one-China principle, the three China-US communiques and to honour its
committment to opposing "Taiwan independence," and to take practical actions to safeguard the peace
and stability across the Taiwan Strait and the overall China-US relations," Liu
He also warned that "Taiwan independence" is against the will of the people
and would be doomed to failure.
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