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Thursday, July 22, 2004

IHT: U.S. urges restraint by China and Taiwan

IHT: U.S. urges restraint by China and Taiwan: "U.S. urges restraint by China and Taiwan
Agence France-Presse Thursday, July 22, 2004
BEIJING The United States urged China and Taiwan to show restraint as they conducted military exercises Thursday, and Admiral Thomas Fargo, head of the U.S. Pacific Command, held talks Thursday in Beijing with senior military officials.

These trips allow Admiral Fargo to meet with senior defense officials in the region and to discuss security issues of mutual interest, the Pacific Command said in a statement, which described the visit as routine.
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But the chief State Department spokesman, Richard Boucher, urged caution in the military exercises. ��We think that everybody that conducts them or observes them or whatever should be very careful not to allow any incidents, not to allow any steps that might be provocative or might lead to an increase in tension, Boucher said.
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Taiwan Air Force jets staged rare landings on closed freeways as part of a major exercise to demonstrate the island's readiness in the event of an attack by China.

Two French-made Mirage 2000-5 fighters from the northern air base of Hsinchu landed on a highway in Tainan, southern Taiwan, where they were refueled and loaded with short-range air-to-air missiles before taking to the skies again.
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The air force said the exercise, part of Taiwan's biggest annual military drill, is to review the air force�s capability in using freeways for emergency landings and logistic support in case of war.

The Taiwanese maneuvers came after China kicked off the largest war games of the year, simulating a fight for the control of air space over Taiwan.

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