China protested against the United States yesterday for allowing Taiwan
leader Chen Shui-bian to stop over in California on his way to Nicaragua.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao said in a statement that Chen's trip
was aimed at bolstering Taiwanese independence forces and sabotaging Sino-US
Chen will stay overnight in San Francisco before leaving for Nicaragua, one
of the island's few diplomatic allies, to attend the swearing-in ceremony of
President-elect Daniel Ortega. .
"We express serious concern over related reports," Liu said, referring to
Chen's stopover. "We have made serious representations to the US."
"The real goal of Chen's 'transit' via the US is to undertake activities
aimed at splitting China and ruining Sino-US relations," the spokesman said. "We
are firmly opposed to any official exchange between Taiwan authorities and the
During his presidential campaign for the November elections, Ortega had vowed
to establish diplomatic relations with Beijing and sever the Cental American
country's ties with Taiwan.
But Chen's visit has raised speculation that Nicaragua may maintain
diplomatic ties with Taiwan in return for a huge aid package.
Liu urged the US to abide by the three China-US joint communiques, which
serve as the political basis of Sino-US relations, and take practical steps to
honor the one-China policy and contain "Taiwan independence".
"The US government should not allow Chen to conduct any activity in the US
under any pretext," he said. Nor should the US send any wrong signal to "Taiwan
(China Daily 01/09/2007 page2)