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China expresses 'deep concern' over Taiwanese president's U.S. visit

China expresses 'deep concern' over Taiwanese president's U.S. visit

China on Monday lashed out against a brief stop Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian will make in the United States en route to Nicaragua.
China has made "solemn representations to the U.S. side" over the 17-hour stop in San Francisco, which it condemned as a way to "destroy relations between China and the U.S."
"China's position is very clear and consistent. It is firmly against the United States and Taiwan authorities carrying out any official contacts," according to a statement posted on the Web site of the Chinese Foreign Ministry. "We express serious and deep concern."
China and Taiwan split amid civil war in 1949. The communist mainland still claims the self-ruled island as part of its territory and refuses to have relations with any nation that recognizes Taiwan's popularly elected government. It has threatened to attack if the island formalizes its de facto independence.
Washington switched diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing in 1979, but it has strong informal ties with Taiwan and is its top arms provider.
While Chen has made U.S. transit stops since becoming president in 2000, it is believed that some have angered Washington because Chen used them to press forward with his independence-leaning agenda.
Chen will spend about 17 hours in San Francisco before heading to the Nicaraguan capital, Managua, for Wednesday's inauguration of President Daniel Ortega, said Chen's spokesman David Lee. He did not give any other details.
"We feel it's necessary to point out that the real purpose and goal for Chen Shui-bian's 'stop over' in America is to split China and destroy relations between China and the U.S.," the ministry statement said.
"The United States should not allow Chen Shui-bian to use his name or capacity or any excuse to go to the U.S. and should stop sending wrong signals to the forces of Taiwan independence."
It added: "We also solemnly warn that Taiwan independence is not the will of the people and is something that cannot succeed."


Updated : 2021-10-19 11:52 GMT+08:00