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‘Taiwan Must Admit That It is Part of China

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BEIJING, China (19 May 2000)–China has demanded Japan stop Tokyo’s governor and other Japanese politicians from attending the inauguration of Taiwan’s president, reports the Associated Press. China’s Foreign Ministry reminded its diplomatic partners that in opening formal ties with Beijing they pledged to have only unofficial contacts with rival Taiwan. Officials from Australia, the Polish […]

BEIJING, China (19 May 2000)–China has demanded Japan stop Tokyo’s governor
and other Japanese politicians from attending the inauguration of Taiwan’s
president, reports the Associated Press. China’s Foreign Ministry reminded
its diplomatic partners that in opening formal ties with Beijing they
pledged to have only unofficial contacts with rival Taiwan. Officials from
Australia, the Polish president Lech Walesa and a former US economics
advisor to Clinton will also be attending the inauguration of Chen Shui-bian
on Saturday.
“We are strongly opposed to any official relations between Taiwan and any
foreign countries and to exchanges of any governmental nature,” Chinese
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Zhang Qiyue said. “There’s only one China in
the world and Taiwan is a part of China.”
Zhang reiterated that China wants a peaceful resolution although it reserves
the right to use force.
The ‘disagreement’ comes a day after China announced it is prepared to talk
with Taiwan about the island’s participation in international organizations
if Taiwan admits that it is part of China. The announcement followed the
rejection of Taiwan’s request to become a representative of the World Health
Organization (WHO) (JW)

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