Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)


Voice of America 4/1/97

CHINA / TAIWAN / GINGRICH


BYLINE=GIL BUTLER
DATELINE=BEIJING
CONTENT=
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INTRO: CHINA SAYS IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN FOR THE PEACEFUL REUNIFICATION OF TAIWAN AND THAT FOREIGNERS SHOULD NOT INTERFERE IN THE TAIWAN ISSUE. THE COMMENTS CAME IN RESPONSE TO A STATEMENT BY U-S HOUSE SPEAKER NEWT GINGRICH THE UNITED STATES WOULD DEFEND TAIWAN, IF CHINA USES FORCE AGAINST IT. V-O-A'S GIL BUTLER HAS MORE ON THE STORY FROM BEIJING.

TEXT: MR. GINGRICH SAID IN SHANGHAI SUNDAY HE TOLD CHINA'S LEADERS -- IN HIS WORDS -- AMERICA WILL DEFEND TAIWAN, PERIOD. HE SAYS THE CHINESE RESPONDED BY DOWNPLAYING THE POSSIBILITY FORCE WOULD BE USED AGAINST THE ISLAND, WHICH BEIJING CONSIDERS JUST ANOTHER PROVINCE.

FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESMAN SHEN GUOFANG NOTES THAT, DURING HIS VISIT TO CHINA, MR. GINGRICH SAID HE IS AGAINST INDEPENDENCE FOR TAIWAN AND THAT HE AGREES WITH AMERICA'S ONE-CHINA POLICY.

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THE CHINESE SPOKESMAN SAYS CHINA HAS ALWAYS MAINTAINED A POLICY OF PEACEFUL REUNIFICATION WITH TAIWAN. HE SAYS, IF TAIWAN DECLARES INDEPENDENCE OR IF FOREIGN FORCES INTERFERE IN TAIWAN, CHINA WILL TAKE OTHER, NECESSARY MEASURES. THE SPOKESMAN GOES ON TO SAY IT IS CHINA'S INTERNAL AFFAIR TO SOLVE THE TAIWAN QUESTION AND THAT FOREIGNERS SHOULD NOT MAKE GESTURES ON THE ISSUE.

SHEN GUOFANG COMPLAINS THE UNITED STATES SELLS ADVANCED WEAPONS TO TAIWAN.

IN HIS COMMENTS ABOUT TAIWAN, THE AMERICAN SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE SAID HE WANTED TO REMOVE ANY AMBIGUITY IN THE UNITED STATES POSITION ON TAIWAN. HE SAYS CHINESE LEADERS ARE MORE AWARE NOW THAT WE WOULD DEFEND TAIWAN, IF IT WERE UNDER ATTACK. MR. GINGRICH IS SCHEDULED TO VISIT TAIWAN WEDNESDAY.

IN NEW YORK, SECRETARY OF STATE MADELEINE ALBRIGHT SAID MONDAY A CHINESE ATTACK ON TAIWAN WOULD BE A MATTER OF GRAVE CONCERN. SHE SAYS THE UNITED STATES HAS A ONE-CHINA POLICY AND THAT IT WANTS THE ISSUES BETWEEN TAIWAN AND CHINA WORKED OUT PEACEFULLY. SHE SAYS THE SECURITY OF TAIWAN IS OF GREAT IMPORTANCE TO THE UNITED STATES.(SIGNED)

NEB / MGB / SFT / WD

01-Apr-97 4:16 AM EST (0916 UTC)
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