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Cheney: US, China share more in common(15/04/04)



                                                                         U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney speaks at Fudan University in Shanghai April 15.


     U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney shows a gift he received from the head of the Fudan University after delivering a speech in Shanghai April 15, 2004. 

    The United States and China share more in common than differences and both peoples are benefitting from bilateral cooperation, said US Vice President Dick Cheney in Shanghai on April 15.

    Cheney made the remark when asked to comment on "China Threat" during his speech session at Fudan University in Shanghai.

    Cheney said the United States and China were once enemies in the Korean War half a century ago, and regarded each other as a threat. But things have changed.

    The Americans have been impressed by China's achievements in the past few decades. The two countries share common interests and both peoples will benefit from cooperation, especially in the economic field, he said.

    On Taiwan issues, Cheney said the policy that the United States holds on Taiwan is consistent. "Just as the US President Bush said, the United States supports one-China policy, based on the three US-China joint communiques."

    He said one important thing is that discussions and dialogues should be held between Beijing and Taiwan and the United States opposes any unilateral actions to change the status quo.

    In response to a student's question on nuclear issues in the Korean Peninsula, the vice president said a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula entails the nodding of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) for the complete,verifiable and irreversible dismantlement of its nuclear facilities. The US side hopes the parties should work together to persuade the DPRK to reach the goal.

    He said the United States was"encouraged" by China's leading role in the field.

    Cheney said curbing the spread of weapons of mass destruction is of great urgency in the new century and the US side has no choice but persist.


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