China's foreign minister defends Taiwan position

29th April 2005, Comments 0 comments

29 April 2005, BEIJING - China's foreign minister Li Zhaoxing on Friday defended China's hard line against Taiwan's President Chen Shui-bian in talks with the president of Germany's parliament, Wolfgang Thierse, in Beijing.

29 April 2005

BEIJING - China's foreign minister Li Zhaoxing on Friday defended China's hard line against Taiwan's President Chen Shui-bian in talks with the president of Germany's parliament, Wolfgang Thierse, in Beijing.

Li said the reason for the recent anti-secession law was the pro-independence undercurrents from Taiwan's leaders, specifically President Chen Shui-bian.

In response, the communist leadership decided to take action, said Li, according to sources.

Passed in March, the anti-secession law authorises non-peaceful means against Taiwan if the island seeks independence or if all possibilities for a peaceful unification are exhausted.

Taiwan has stood by its stance of being an independent and sovereign state and calls the anti-secession law an "aggression law."

Taiwan's opposition leader Lien Chan, head of the Kuomintang (KMT) party, is currently making an historical visit to China. Lien is to meet Chinese President Hu Jintao on Friday. They are expected to announce a formal end to hostilities.

Despite the cross-strait tensions, Beijing is looking for a peaceful solution, said Li in his meeting with Thierse. They also discussed Europe's concerns over military threats against Taiwan as well as human rights issues and the abolition of the European weapons embargo.

Thierse ends his one-week visit to China on Saturday with a courtesy call with President Hu.

DPA

Subject: German news

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