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Russia strongly supports 'One China' policy
Updated: 2004-12-19 18:09

Russia strongly affirmed its support for Beijing's "One China" policy on Saturday, saying it opposes any kind of independence for Taiwan but urging a peaceful resolution to the dispute over the island.

Responding to a query about proposed Chinese anti-secession legislation that appears aimed at Taiwan, Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Yakovenko said that "the Russian side supports the Chinese side's policies in questions concerning the defence of the state unity and territorial integrity of the People's Republic of China."

He said Russia's position is based on a 2001 friendship and cooperation treaty between the massive neighbours, which have supported each other's policies against secession.

"As for the Taiwan issue, Russia believes that only one China exists in the world. The government of (China) is the only legitimate government representing all of China, and Taiwan is an inalienable part of China," Yakovenko said, according to a ministry statement.

"Russia is against the independence of Taiwan in any form," he said. "We do not accept the concept of "Two Chinas" or "One China and one Taiwan."

Yakovenko also said that "Russia consistently supports the efforts of (China) on a peaceful solution to the Taiwan problem."

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