Fri, Nov 28, 2003 - Page 4 News List

China labels US policy on Taiwan `ambiguous'

REUTERS , BEIJING

China yesterday described its relationship with the US as one of the world's most influential and volatile, threatened by an "ambiguous" US policy towards Taiwan.

In an article published just days before Premier Wen Jiabao (溫家寶) visits the US, the official China Daily quoted diplomats as saying relations were at an all-time high but added that it was risky to predict trends.

"The ambiguous US strategy across the Taiwan Strait only serves to encourage the island's separatists and jeopardize the one-China policy as well as the political foundation of Sino-US relations," the newspaper said.

Last week, China urged the US to stop selling weapons to Taiwan and honor its commitment to the "one China" policy.

"Only by doing so can the interests of both China and the US be safeguarded and peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait be maintained," a foreign ministry spokesman said.

China told Taiwan it ran the risk of war if it pushed toward independence.

The China Daily also said China and the US shared many trade and strategic interests. Beijing has promoted six-party talks to resolve the North Korean nuclear crisis and supported the US-led war on terrorism.

China and the US "remain different in many ways but never before have they been so closely bound together," it said.

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