Sun, Apr 17, 2005 - Page 4 News List

`Anti-Secession' Law `backfired': US official


China's enactment of its "Anti-Secession" Law has backfired on the Chinese government, an official from the State Department said Thursday.

Under Secretary for Political Affairs R. Nicholas Burns, told the Congress's Committee on Armed Services and Committee on International Relations that the Anti-Secession Law is very much against the spirit of the cross-strait relationship -- the peaceful means of resolving disputes, not the threat of force or the use of force.

Burns said the law had the impact of creating some doubt within the EU about whether the embargo on arms sales to China should be lifted, and added the US argument that the embargo should be maintained.

Burns said the EU has now taken the time to consider the larger implications of lifting the embargo, and the US State Department doesn't believe that the EU is close to a decision on lifting the embargo.

Burns said the US response to the Anti-Secession Law is vigorous and very clear, and that the Chinese government is aware of US interests in seeing that the dispute across the Taiwan Straits are handled only in a peaceful manner, and therefore there is no need at this point to take any punitive action in the economic realm to express US unhappiness with the Anti-Secession Law.

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