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Hu: China to resolve Taiwan peacefully
Updated: 2004-07-31 10:20

China will exert its utmost efforts with its utmost sincerity to resolve the Taiwan issue by peaceful means, but will never tolerate "the independence of Taiwan," Chinese President Hu Jintao stressed in Beijing Friday.

President Hu made the remark when he held a telephone conversation with US President George W. Bush.

China and the United States have maintained good relations, Hu said, noting that his country is willing to continue to maintain close contact and communication with the United States and respect and handle their mutual concerns to further promote the Sino-American constructive partnership.

Hu reaffirmed China's opposition to US sales of sophisticated weapons to Taiwan, saying that the current situation across the Taiwan Strait is very sensitive and complicated and that the two sides should act resolutely against "the independence of Taiwan" and any adventurous attempts by separatist organizations.

President Bush made a positive appraisal on the recent development of China-US relations. He said a strong and prosperous China is in the interest of the United States and China, and that the United States desires to maintain good relations with China.

Bush expressed his understanding of China's concern over the Taiwan issue through the phone conversation and reiterated that the U.S. would implement the one-China policy, and observe the Three Communiques and position of not supporting "the independence of Taiwan."

The US stance on the issue will never change, Bush promised.

The two leaders also had an exchange of views on international issues of common concern.

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