Wed, Apr 19, 2006 - Page 3 News List

Bush to warn Hu over military build-up

WASHINGTON MEETING A US official said the US president will express his concerns over Beijing's missiles targeting Taiwan during his talks with his Chinese counterpart


"That is part of our policy, and we enunciate that to the Chinese," the official said.

On the issue of cross-strait dialogue, the official urged China to open direct talks with Chen. But asked about the recent pan-blue visit to Beijing, the official said the US welcomes dialogue with "all authorities in Taipei," presumably including the opposition forces.

However, "it's important that the central government in Beijing engage directly with the elected government in Taipei, and that is with the DPP [Democratic Progressive Party]," he said.

Citing the dialogue between China and the opposition parties over the past year, the official said: "Our position with the Chinese government has been that dialogue is good, but dialogue with the elected government in Taipei is essential."

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