Sunday, March 06, 2005

China Tough on Taiwan But Plays Down Threat to World

By Lindsay Beck, Reuters, March 6, 2005; 2:13 AM

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing struck a hawkish tone on Taiwan on Sunday but sought to calm jittery nerves over his country's growing global clout, saying China was not a threat to anyone.

Disputes with the United States and Japan should be resolved through dialogue, Li said but made clear China would brook no interference in its drive to reunite with Taiwan, the self-governing island it claims as its own. Japan and China are at odds over everything from territorial claims to lingering wartime resentment, and Beijing's human rights record and weapons proliferation are perennial issues with Washington. But last month both Japan and the United States listed security in the Taiwan Strait as a common concern.----------------------

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