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Sunday, April 10, 2005 >Taiwan bans official Chinese news agency, newspaper
Taiwan bans official Chinese news agency, newspaper

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TAIPEI : Taiwan barred journalists from China's official Xinhua news agency and People's Daily newspaper on Sunday as ties continued to deteriorate.

The two groups were barred less than five years after Taiwan, claimed by Beijing as part of its territory, lifted a decades-old ban on Chinese journalists.

"What we see is that reporters from Xinhua news agency and People's Daily have made little contributions to the understanding of the two sides," Wu told reporters.

"Sometimes their reports have had negative effects ... we feel we need to make some adjustments," Wu said, adding that the ban was "not permanent".

He rejected suggestions that the move was linked to China's anti-secession law, which providing legal grounds for an invasion of Taiwan and has been strongly condemned by Taipei and Washington.

Ties have also been under strain this week after Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian attended Pope John Paul II's funeral in the Vatican, prompting protests from Beijing.

Taiwan has been governed separately since the end of a civil war in 1949.

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