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US urged to stop Taiwan arms sales
(China Daily)
Updated: 2004-04-22 22:41

The United States has no right to criticize China's military deployment on its own territory to safeguard its sovereignty and territorial integrity, said Foreign Ministry spokesman Kong Quan.

"Instead, the United States should carry out the promises it made in the three joint communiques between the two countries, and stop weapons sales to Taiwan," said Kong at a press conference.

The United States plans to continue selling weapons to Taiwan if the Chinese mainland keeps on deploying missiles along the coastal areas, US Assistant Secretary of State James Kelly told the House of Representatives International Relations Committee on Wednesday, according to reports.

The basis of the Sino-US relationship lies in the three joint communiques and the repeated promises made by the US leaders on the one-China policy, Kong said.

In his testimony, Kelly reiterated that the United States does not support Taiwan independence, reports said.

Shrine visit

China's stance on the visit of Yasukuni Shrine is clear and consistent, said Kong when commenting on a report Thursday that 84 non-party congressmen visited the shrine.

"The Japanese Government needs to have a correct position and face history squarely as it faces the future," Kong said. "It would be good for the healthy and stable development of relations between Japan and China and other countries in Asia."

Moreover, a correct attitude towards history would help Japan win trust from its Asian neighbours and the international community as well and conform with its own interests, Kong said.

A Japanese court ruled on April 7 that Japan's Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi violated the constitution by visiting a shrine honouring military war dead, reports said. But Koizumi vowed to keep visiting the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo.

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