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China Vents Anger Over Taiwan

Tuesday, 26 February 2002 12:00 AM

Calling the measure a "provocative act," China's state-run media criticized a proposed plan to rename Taiwan's 14 unofficial consulates in the United States from Taipei Economic and Cultural Offices to Taiwan Representative Offices.

Since the United States recognized the communist Beijing government in 1979, Taiwan was diplomatically downgraded and has used the offices for communicating with Washington and for issuing visas.

The Chinese dictatorship sees the move as another step toward Taiwan declaring independence, something Beijing has threatened military action to prevent.

"In the world arena, we will make great efforts to prevent 'Taiwan independence,' or 'two Chinas' or 'one China, one Taiwan,'" state-run media quoted a government official as saying.

China's foreign ministry also condemned plans for Taiwan's defense minister to visit the United States, news of which came less than one day after President Bush concluded his visit to Beijing.

"We resolutely oppose the official ties between Taiwan and the United States, and especially in the military field," Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Kong Quan said.

Beijing is opposed to any such communication between "any country with diplomatic relations" with China.

Taiwanese media reported over the weekend an informal invitation had been extended to Defense Minister Tang Yiau-ming. Ministry officials confirmed Tang had been invited to attend a business conference in Florida next month, but the U.S. government had not issued a formal invitation.

The visit would be the first by a Taiwanese defense minister since Washington switched diplomatic ties to Beijing.

The Chinese spokesman also voiced Beijing's concern over U.S. arms sales to the island government. Taipei has asked to buy 30 Apache attack helicopters.

Kong said such sales violated agreements between Beijing and Washington and "undermined bilateral ties and the peace and stability across the straits." Copyright 2002 by United Press International.

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