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Sunday, August 01, 2004

The Australian: China's defence minister warns Taiwan [ 02aug04 ]

The Australian: China's defence minister warns Taiwan [ 02aug04 ]: "China's defence minister warns Taiwan
From AP
02aug04

BEIJING: China's defence minister has issued a stern warning to Taiwan, saying the mainland's military has the strength and determination to 'smash' any moves toward independence by the self-ruled island, state media reported Sunday.

Speaking at a reception marking the 77th anniversary of the founding of the People's Liberation Army, Defense Minister Cao Gangchuan stressed that China's 'territorial sovereignty and integrity is supreme,' the official Xinhua News Agency said.
'The PLA has the determination and ability to smash any attempt at Taiwan independence,' Cao said Saturday at the Great Hall of the People, the seat of the country's legislature.
'We will never allow anybody to separate Taiwan from China in any form,' he added. 'The will of 1.3 billion Chinese people cannot be infringed upon.' "

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