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2006-02-25 22:17:29

TAIPEI (Reuters) - A former senior official of the Bush Administration will visit Taiwan in yet another effort by Washington to persuade President Chen Shui-bian to retain a policy council on unification with China, a local newspaper said. The United Daily News said former U.S. deputy secretary of state Richard Armitage would meet Chen and spell out consequences of the controversial decision when he visits. It was not clear whether Armitage would arrive before February 28, when Chen...

2006-02-23 01:41:11

By Alice Hung TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian's increasingly tough stand on China is testing the patience of the island's biggest ally and arms supplier, the United States. Washington was already frustrated by Taiwan's delay in approving an arms package, but Chen's latest needling of Beijing over its claim to the island has left it fuming. "Chen is pushing the envelope and forcing the United States to draw a line to show him where the limit is," said George Tsai,...

2006-02-22 03:39:36

By Alice Hung TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian, keen to shake off China's claim of sovereignty, ignored U.S. pleas to retain a policy council on unification which he said should be scrapped, newspapers reported on Wednesday. Chen told U.S. Congressman Rob Simmons that the National Unification Council and 15-year-old guidelines on unification with China were "absurd products of an absurd era." Chen's remarks followed newspaper reports that he had snubbed a special...

2006-02-07 22:36:49

BEIJING (Reuters) - China condemned Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian's plan to scrap 15-year-old official guidelines on unification on Wednesday, calling him a "troublemaker" and "saboteur" of peace and stability in Asia. Chen, seeking to shake off Beijing's claim of sovereignty over self-ruled Taiwan, said on Lunar New Year's Day on January 29 that it was time to consider scrapping the island's National Unification Council and its guidelines on unification with the mainland. "This...

2006-01-06 02:35:00

By Ben Blanchard BEIJING -- China offered two pandas to Taiwan on Friday as a token of peace, but in the same breath accused President Chen Shui-bian of ratcheting up tensions with his support of formal independence for the self-ruled island. Chen signaled a tougher stance toward China in his New Year speech, warning his people of investment risks on the mainland and what he saw as the growing military threat from the island's political foe. China considers Taiwan part of its territory and...

2005-11-18 04:15:26

BEIJING (Reuters) - China recently detained an underground Roman Catholic priest and 10 seminarians, a rights group said in a statement seen by Reuters on Friday. Word of last Saturday's detentions came just ahead of a planned visit to Beijing by U.S. President George W. Bush during which he is expected to press China on religious freedom and attend a church service. Beijing has had no ties with the Vatican since 1951 and insists relations cannot be resumed unless the Holy See severs...

2005-10-15 21:30:30

By Tiffany Wu TAIPEI (Reuters) - Former Taiwan president Lee Teng-hui heads to Washington this week to pedal his vision of an independent Taiwan, aiming to draw international attention to China's military threats against his island. Once branded by Beijing as a "splittist" who should be tossed into the "dustbin of history," the fiercely pro-independence Lee is set to further irk China by touring the U.S. capital just as U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld visits Beijing. Lee...

2005-10-10 00:26:23

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian highlighted China's military expansion to drum up support for an arms package in his National Day speech on Monday, warning that the self-ruled island cannot count on others to defend it. Speaking to thousands attending National Day festivities, Chen expressed frustration at the opposition's bid to block the $11 billion special arms budget seen as crucial to prevent an imbalance of military power in the area. "The severest worry in...

2005-10-07 02:23:45

By David Schlesinger and Paul Holmes TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian declared on Friday he would not be rushed into talks with China, saying it was vital to preserve the island's sovereign status. Whereas China's leaders have said they were striving for talks to start even if they had delays during the negotiations, "I want to revise that statement," Chen said in an interview. "I want to strive for delays while not fearing talks." He said his go-slow policy would...

2005-09-25 03:44:48

By Alice Hung TAIPEI (Reuters) - Thousands of Taiwan people, mostly from pro-independence groups, marched through the streets of Taipei on Sunday to back a US$11 billion special arms budget aimed at fending off China but blocked by the parliament. Even though the government slashed the budget from $18 billion to $15 billion and finally $11 billion, the opposition parties, with a slim majority in parliament, said the advanced weapons were still too expensive, unnecessary and against...


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