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China Opposes U.S. Stopover by Chen Shui-bian



 August 10, 2000---In its solemn representations to the U.S. Government for allowing Taiwan’s new leader Chen Shui-bian to make a stopover in the U.S. on route to Central America in mid-August, the Chinese Government has expressed strong resentment and firm opposition.

While commenting on the matter on August 7, Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhu Bangzao said that China has urged the U.S. to match its words with deeds, and honor the three Sino-U.S. joint communiqués and its relevant commitments, so as to avoid severe damage to the bilateral relations.
 
The Taiwan authorities often play tricks to cover their real motives of creating “two Chinas” or “one China, one Taiwan”, Zhu said.

The Chinese Government has all along been opposed to any exchange and contact of an official nature between the U.S. and Taiwan and U.S. permission of “transit stops” in the U.S. by high-level Taiwan political figures, Zhu stressed.


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