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BUSH ADMINISTRATION REAFFIRMS PRIORITY TO CROSS-STRAIT PEACE

2004-07-16 14:19:37

    Washington, July 16 (CNA) The U.S. government attaches great importance to peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait, White House spokesman Scott McClellan said Thursday.

    McClellan made the remarks at a regular press briefing in response to inquiries about the Bush administration's views on a Hong Kong newspaper report that mainland China's Central Military Commission has decided at a recent meeting to resolve the so-called Taiwan issue by the year 2020.

    In reply, McClellan said peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait is an important priority for the Bush administration. He further said it's important that there continue to be dialogue on cross-strait issues.

    McClellan neither confirmed nor denied the reported Beijing deadline for resolving the Taiwan issue. He also didn't respond to the question of whether he supports the idea of setting a deadline to resolve the cross-strait issue. Instead, McClellan reiterated the U.S. policy toward cross-strait issues. "In terms of our policy and our position, it remains what it has been. We continue to support the one China policy, we continue to support the three communiques, and we continue to support the Taiwan Relations Act. We have said that we do not support an independence for Taiwan, and our position remains the same on these issues, " McClellan said.

(By Jay Chen and Sofia Wu)

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