FM spokesman slams AIT head's remarks on Taiwan issue
( 2003-11-16 16:24) (Xinhua)
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao on Sunday denounced the remarks on the Taiwan issue made by Therese Shaheen, chairwoman of the so-called American Institute in Taiwan (AIT).
Shaheen said recently that the United States had never said it "opposes Taiwan independence" and what the United States said was that it "doesn't support Taiwan independence".
Not supporting Taiwan Independence does not equal to opposing Taiwan independence, Shaheen said.
When asked by the press to comment on the remarks, Liu said that as a matter of fact, US leaders reiterated before Chinese leaders on many occasions that the United States stood by the one-China policy, observed the three Sino-US joint communiques and opposed "Taiwan independence".
Shaheen, who was never present at any meetings between Chinese and US leaders, had no right to strike that attitude and openly denied that US leaders had said the United States "opposes Taiwan independence", Liu said.
"As the Taiwan separatist forces are playing up their tricks, what Shaheen's intention to make such remarks?" Liu asked.
Liu said it is ridiculous for Shaheen to behave that way. "It's better for people like Shaheen to be well aware of the sensitiveness of the Taiwan issue and the danger of Taiwan separatists, and behave discreetly to avoid being completely ensnared by the Taiwan separatists."
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