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Saturday, July 16, 2005

RTE News - Barroso urges China over Taiwan

RTE News - Barroso urges China over TaiwanBarroso urges China over Taiwan
July 15, 2005 16:24

The European Commission President, Jose Manuel Barroso, has urged China to initiate a dialogue with Taiwan before Beijing hosts the Olympics in 2008.

Mr Barroso said it would enhance China's standing internationally.

In a speech in Beijing, he said the international community would welcome China starting a direct dialogue as a sign of great maturity.

He also urged the Chinese government to introduce democratic reforms, saying the sustainable growth of the world's seventh-largest economy depended on it.

'China's internal long-term sustainability also depends on its ability to introduce political reform, allowing for more democracy and civil liberties,' said Mr Barroso.

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