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Chinese FM meets Powell, talks about Taiwan
01-04-2004
2004/04/01

Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing met with US Secretary of State Colin Powell in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday to discuss bilateral and international issues.

The Chinese foreign minister urged the United States to adhere to the one-China policy as well as the three joint communiques on bilateral relations and oppose Taiwan independence.

The elections in Taiwan are of a local nature in China and have not changed the fact that Taiwan is part of China, Li said. 

Describing the Taiwan issue as the most sensitive and important question in Sino-US relations, Li said the United States should refrain from any official contact with the Taiwan authorities.

Li added that the Sino-US relations are witnessing good development at present as the two countries have maintained close contact and coordination.

US Vice President Dick Cheney will visit China in April and Chinese Vice Premier Wu Yi will travel to the United States later in the same month to attend a conference of the Sino-US Joint Commercial and Trade Commission.

The two sides should make joint efforts for the visits to yield positive results, Li said.

Powell reiterated that the US government will continuously uphold the one-China policy, abide by the three Sino-US communiques and not support any form ofTaiwan independence.

Cheney is looking forward to a successful visit to China and the US side is also preparing for Vice Premier Wu's visit, Powell said.

Li and Powell also exchanged views on the Afghan issue, the fight against terrorism and the situation on the Korean Peninsular.

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