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2008-11-12 06:00:07

By Paul Wiseman TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Following the highest-level talks ever between China and Taiwan, Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou expressed hope Tuesday for an eventual peace accord with the two longtime rivals. "We do not exclude the possibility that we will negotiate and sign a peace agreement," Ma told USA TODAY in a 40-minute interview at the presidential palace. "We don't know how long it will take. ... We have to improve relations with the mainland on a step-by-step basis." Last...

2008-10-07 12:00:23

Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency) [Xinhua: "US To Blame for Damage of Bilateral Relations: Chinese FM"] BEIJING, Oct. 7 (Xinhua) - The Chinese Foreign Ministry on Tuesday renewed its condemnation on the United States' proposed arms sale to Taiwan and said the American side should take full responsibility for the damage of ties between the two countries and their respective armed forces. "The US side's act has seriously blocked...

2006-08-14 01:09:08

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Former Taiwanese President Lee Teng-hui plans to visit Japan next month, a representative of his political party said on Monday, a move likely to upset China because it sees Taiwan as a wayward province. However, the exact timing and purpose of the visit were not decided yet, said a member of the Taiwan Solidarity Union, a small political party that regards Lee as its ideological leader. Taiwan's Chinese-language Liberty Times reported on Monday that Lee would...

2006-07-31 23:37:03

BEIJING (Reuters) - China marked "Army Day" on Tuesday with a warning from its defense minister that the mainland would never tolerate Taiwan independence, but he stopped short of directly threatening the use of force against the self-governed island. Cao Gangchuan also vowed that China's military modernization would continue, in remarks carried in the Liberation Army Daily that were thick with political rhetoric but lacking specifics on new arms purchases or weapons expenditure....

2006-07-20 03:20:34

By C.C. Yao ILAN, Taiwan (Reuters) - Taiwan staged its biggest live-fire army drills in about 20 years on Thursday, showcasing latest weaponry designed to combat a potential Chinese attack as Beijing builds its military might. More than 13,000 soldiers took part in the exercise, which saw U.S.-made F-16 fighter jets screaming across the sky and tanks firing from a beach at targets floating on the sea. Paratroopers posing as Chinese communist soldiers floated to the ground,...

2006-05-31 00:16:45

BEIJING (Reuters) - China rebuked Taiwan on Wednesday for a national security report that said the mainland could avert looming social chaos by learning from the island's transformation into a democracy. The 162-page report, issued earlier this month, also said Taiwan was an unsinkable aircraft carrier that would boost its defense budget to account for 3 percent of gross domestic product in 2008 from 2.54 percent currently. Li Weiyi, a spokesman for China's Taiwan Affairs Office,...

2006-05-24 22:27:52

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has criticized a U.S. report on its military power, saying it exaggerated the country's defense capabilities and showed a "cold war mentality." China's Foreign Ministry said the Pentagon's 2006 China Military Power Report released on Tuesday spreads the "China threat theory" and endangers international relations. "The (report) has a 'cold war mentality', deliberately overstates China's military power and expenditure, continues to spread the 'China threat...

2006-03-03 21:23:56

TOKYO (Reuters) - Taiwan's President Chen Shui-bian, who on Monday scrapped guidelines on unification with China, is determined to draft a new constitution that better suits Taiwan's current situation, the Yomiuri Shimbun daily said on Saturday. China has sharply criticized Chen's independence-minded stance, and his abandoning of a council and guidelines focused on ultimate reunification drew harsh warnings from Beijing. In an interview with the conservative Yomiuri conducted in...

2006-03-03 04:34:30

BEIJING (Reuters) - A top Chinese Communist Party leader vowed on Friday that Beijing would block any moves toward Taiwan independence but would work for a peaceful solution to the stand-off. Beijing claims sovereignty over the self-ruled island and its 23 million people and has threatened to use force if it formally declares independence. On Monday independence-leaning President Chen Shui-bian scrapped Taiwan's National Unification Council and its 15-year-old unification...

2006-02-28 03:28:49

By Benjamin Kang Lim and Alice Hung BEIJING/TAIPEI (Reuters) - China condemned Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian on Tuesday for scrapping a council on eventual unification, calling it a provocation creating further tension in one of Asia's most dangerous flashpoints. But the statement from the Communist Party's Central Office for Taiwan Affairs and the cabinet's Taiwan Affairs Office stopped short of threatening war against the self-ruled island, which Beijing has vowed to attack if it...


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