US does not support "Taiwan Independence"(13/04/04)

Chinese Vice-President Zeng Qinghong (R) shakes hands with his US counterpart Dick Cheney prior to their talks at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing April 13, 2004. Cheney is here for a three-day working visit at the invitation of Zeng Qinghong. (Xinhua Photo)

   Visiting US Vice President Dick Cheney said in Beijing on April 13 that the United States does not support "Taiwan Independence" and is against any unilateral action from each side to change the existing situation across the Taiwan Straits.

    Cheney made the remarks during the talks with his Chinese counterpart Zeng Qinghong.

    The United States realized the importance of the Taiwan issue to US-China relations, and the US policy on that question was not changed at all, Cheney said.

    The US side sticks to the one-China policy based on the three joint communiques between the United States and China, the US senior official said.

    Zeng introduced Chinese government's principled stance on the Taiwan issue.

    The very fact of the Taiwan issue is that there is only one China in the world and Taiwan is part of China, the election result in the island could not change that fact, Zeng said.

    The Chinese government will continuously adhere to the policy of peaceful reunification and the principle of "one country, two systems".

    China will spare no efforts to settle the Taiwan issue in a peaceful way, but will never tolerate the "Taiwan Independence".

    Zeng urged the US side to honor its commitments, stop selling weapons to Taiwan and not send any "wrong signals" to the "Taiwan Independence" forces.

                                                    US, China have made significant progress in relations: Cheney

   The overall development of relations between the United States and China is sound and the two countries have made significant progress in their ties in recent years, said visiting US Vice President Dick Cheney in Beijing on April 13.

    In his talks with Chinese Vice President Zeng Qinghong, Cheney said the visit is very important.

    The two countries have created the foundation for close cooperation in the anti-terrorism and non-proliferation sectors, with which the US government feels satisfied, Cheney said.

    Cheney is here on a three-day working visit as Zeng's guest.

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