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CROSS-STRAIT ISSUES SHOULD BE SETTLED PEACEFULLY: U.S. OFFICIAL

2004-05-13 12:31:01

    Washington, May 12 (CNA) A senior U.S. State Department press officer on Wednesday reiterated Washington's stance that cross-Taiwan Strait issues should be settled through peaceful dialogue.

    State Department spokesman Richard Boucher made the comments at a press briefing in response to questions raised about mainland Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao's comments this week in London on the possible introduction of legislation regarding eventual reunification between the mainland and Taiwan.

    Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao reportedly responded to a proposal by an overseas Chinese that Beijing establish reunification legislation by saying that it was something worth serious consideration.

    Asked whether the introduction of a reunification law could challenge the cross-strait status quo, Boucher said that there is nothing to comment on at this point because no such legislation has appeared.

    He then reiterated that the United States has a one-China policy and encourages resolution to cross-strait issues through peaceful dialogue.

    Meanwhile, Boucher declined to comment on questions regarding the makeup of Taiwan's new Cabinet and on who will head the U.S. delegation to President Chen Shui-bian's May 20 inauguration ceremony.

(By Jay Chen and P.C. Tang)

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