US resolution on China's law "firmly opposed"(03/18/05)


   China on March 17 lodged solemn representations with the United States, expressing its strong dissatisfaction with and firm opposition to a resolution adopted by the US House of Representatives on China's Anti-Secession law.

    Calling the resolution "groundless" and "unreasonable," Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao said the act violates the principles of three joint communiques between China and the US as well as the basic rules of international relations.

    "It is a rude interference in Chinese internal affairs," said Liu.

    The US House of Representatives approved a resolution expressing its "grave concern" about China's Anti-Secession Law which was passed by China's top legislative body by 2,896 votes to zero with two abstentions on March 14.

    "The Anti-Secession Law... is a law for peaceful reunification. It is not a law meant to use force towards Taiwan nor is it a war bill," said Liu.

    He urged the US Government to make its opposition on the resolution by the House of Representatives and take effective measures immediately to reduce its impact and work with China to check and oppose "Taiwan independence" forces.

    Analysts believed that US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice would also raise concerns about the law in a visit to Beijing that is scheduled to begin on Sunday.

    Liu said the law which has won broad support from the international community would benefit the peace, stability and prosperity in the region and would also benefit the steady development of Sino-US relations.


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