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2006-04-15 22:34:22

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese Communist Party chief Hu Jintao called on Sunday for talks between China and Taiwan as soon as possible to maintain peace in the region. China and Taiwan should "resume talks on an equal footing as soon as possible," Hu told Lien Chan, former chairman of Taiwan's main opposition Nationalist Party, days ahead of Hu's summit with President Bush in Washington. Throughout his speech, Hu stressed the importance of peace between the mainland and the island it...

2006-04-13 00:59:59

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan's independence-leaning government said on Thursday it may lift a ban on visits by Chinese tourists to the island, a move that could trump an opposition delegation's talks in Beijing this weekend. "Even if (China) continues to stall negotiations with us, we do not rule out the possibility of unilaterally lifting the ban on mainland tourists coming to Taiwan," Mainland Affairs Council Chairman Joseph Wu told reporters. His announcement came as an opposition...

2006-03-23 08:03:52

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian told China on Thursday to drop the idea of giving the island a goodwill gift of a pair of pandas, saying they would not be happy. "A-bian sincerely urges the Chinese leaders to leave the giant pandas in their natural habitat, because pandas brought up in cages or given as gifts will not be happy," Chen wrote in a weekly electronic newsletter, using his nickname. China and Taiwan have been diplomatic and military rivals since their...

2006-03-11 21:37:19

By Lindsay Beck BEIJING (Reuters) - Regional tensions. Diplomatic consequences. Security threats. Those were the fears when China's parliament passed a law last year authorising the use of force against Taiwan should the self-governing island move toward formal independence. But a year later, as the rubber-stamp assembly meets once again for its annual 10-day session, the anti-secession law gets barely a mention from its top leaders, despite provocations from Taiwan's...

2005-10-13 00:32:01

By Benjamin Kang Lim BEIJING (Reuters) - China, asserting its claim to Taiwan, will for the first time mark the anniversary of the island's return to Chinese rule this month with leaders attending a ceremony at the Great Hall of the People, an official said on Thursday. Communist China has so far never celebrated the October 25 anniversary because doing so would complicate its claim that the Communist Red Army, not the Nationalists, won the eight-year war against Japan. Japan...

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2005-10-13 05:10:00

BEIJING -- China's Taiwan Affairs Office, used to discussing a delicate relationship with an island it considers its own, on Thursday presented pictures and resumes of 11 pandas in the running to be sent as a gift across the strait. A list of 23 of the endangered animals was whittled down to 11 and the lucky winners, a boy and a girl, will be picked for their looks as well as "psychological health," officials said. The successful candidates will be the two which "most closely represent the...

2005-07-25 03:45:48

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian vented his frustration at opposition parties over a stalled $15 billion arms budget on Monday, calling on them to support a special parliament session to push through the deal. Chen's comments came just a week after the Pentagon said in a report that China's rapidly modernizing military has put regional military balances at risk and could pose a long-term threat to other countries. Beijing views Taiwan as part of Chinese territory and has...

2005-07-17 01:02:36

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has welcomed the election of a new leader for Taiwan's main opposition party who rules out independence for the island. A day after the Nationalist Party chose Taipei mayor Ma Ying-jeou as its new chairman, Chinese President Hu Jintao said he looked forward to his Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the Nationalists promoting links between the island and the mainland. The Nationalist Party (KMT) favors closer relations across the Taiwan Strait, in contrast to the...

2005-07-16 08:43:34

By Alice Hung TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan's main opposition Nationalist Party, which favors closer ties with China, elected popular Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou as its new leader on Saturday, boosting his chances of running for the presidency in 2008. The 55-year-old Ma will replace incumbent Lien Chan, who ended decades of hostility between the Nationalists, also known as the Kuomingtang or KMT, and the Chinese Communist Party with a historic trip to Beijing in April. Like Lien, Ma has also...

2005-07-13 22:19:30

By Alice Hung TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan's main Nationalist opposition selects a new leader on Saturday, nearly three months after reconciling with China's ruling Communists, in a vote seen as an early primary for the presidential race in 2008. The two leading candidates both favor closer ties with China, which considers self-ruled Taiwan its own, and have vowed to follow the trail led by incumbent chairman Lien Chan who ended decades of hostility with a historic trip to Beijing in April....


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  • A beast of burden; also, a beast in general.
'Jument' ultimately comes from the Latin 'jugum,' yoke.
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