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Tuesday, September 28, 2004

CBS 2 - New York News: World Wire

CBS 2 - New York News: World Wire: "China warns it won't tolerate interference in Taiwan
Monday September 27, 2004
Associated Press Writer
UNITED NATIONS (AP) China on Monday warned that it won't tolerate international interference in Taiwan and said the territory's ``separatist activities'' posed a serious threat to the region.
Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing addressed the U.N. General Assembly's ministerial meeting two days after Taiwan's No. 3 leader said a Taipei government plan to spend billions of dollars on U.S. weapons would help the island defend itself if rival China attacked.
Li promised to work toward ``peaceful reunification'' of China and Taiwan ``one country with two systems'' and called on the international community to continue supporting its efforts.
``China will unswervingly safeguard its sovereignty and territorial integrity, brook no interference in its internal affairs by foreign forces and at the same time respect other countries' sovereignty and territorial integrity,'' Li said Monday.
A civil war split the two sides in 1949. China has threatened to take the island by force should it move toward permanent independence or postpone unification too long. Beijing opposes the sale of arms to Taiwan and has asked the United States to drop the deal.
``We more than anyone else want to see a peaceful settlement of the Taiwan question, but we will never tolerate Taiwan independence nor will we allow anyone to separate Taiwan from the rest of China in whatever way,'' Li said.
He also called on the international community to recognize ``the serious threat posed by the separatist activities of Taiwanese authorities to the stability of the Taiwan strait and the peace of the Asia/Pacific region.''
In Washington, the State Department"

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