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China won't tolerate Taiwan separatists

Dec. 23, 2004 at 8:32 PM

BEIJING, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- The Chinese Government will never tolerate separatist "independence" efforts in Taiwan, the official China Daily reported Thursday.

Beijing supports the peaceful reunification of Mainland China with the offshore island of 23 million people but will never tolerate full legal independence and sovereignty for it, Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao told a news briefing.

Liu was responding to recent remarks by U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage that there was only one China and Washington would not be required to defend Taiwan, the newspaper said.

"China and the United States should cultivate constructive co-operation based on the principles of the two countries' three joint communiques, and make common efforts to promote peace and prosperity of the world," Liu said.

Armitage's comments earlier stirred an uproar in Taiwan since they were viewed as a strong warning to moves by radical independence advocates in Taiwan.

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