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LIEN CHAN: TAIWAN ISSUE CAN'T BE SOLVED BY A SINGLE STATEMENT

2004-05-17 19:52:13

    Taipei, May 17 (CNA) Kuomintang (KMT) Chairman Lien Chan played down the significance of Beijing's warning the previous day that it would brook no moves toward Taiwan independence, saying that the dispute between Taiwan and the mainland cannot be solved by a single statement.

    Visiting Changhua City to thank attorneys representing his party in the recount of presidential ballots there, Lien made the remark after being asked by waiting journalists to comment on Beijing's warning the previous day.

    Lien said the KMT and its political partner, the People First Party, have made it clear that they acknowledge only one China, which is the Republic of China, and its dispute with the mainland should be sorted out on the basis of peace and with dignity.

    Noting that President Chen Shui-bian raised tensions across the Strait during the presidential campaign with some provocative remarks, Lien said, however, the complicated issue between the mainland and Taiwan can't be solved through a single statement.

(By Maubo Chang)

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