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Embassy Spokesman Refutes Washington Times Article, Mar. 17, 1997

Mr. Yu Shuning, Press Counselor of the Chinese Embassy, wrote a letter on March 17, 1997 to the Editor of the Washington Times in regard to an article carried by the paper the same day. Following is the text of the letter:

I am shocked by the absurdity of the story "U.S. agencies lack evidence but are certain" in your paper on March 17, 1997. The assertions in the report allegedly quoted from James F. Lilley, federal investigators and a former intelligence analyst not only targeted against Chinese diplomatic staff but also against all Chinese students, tourists and delegations coming to this country, are untenable, irresponsible and viciously concocted. We cannot but express our strong indignation at these groundless calumnies of those people.

Since its founding, the People's Republic of China has been firm and steadfast in adhering to the non-interference principle in its relations with other countries. China has not involved itself in U.S. domestic politics and never wants to. Our relations with the U.S. Congress and government officials are conducted in full compliance with the international norms as well as U.S. laws and regulations. No wonder those accusations against China could not be supported by any evidence.

Why is this theme repeatedly harped upon? The reader might find some clue to the answer by examining the true intentions of those who are more than ready to fabricate rumors against China in order to block the improvement of Sino-U.S. relations. However, this kind of rumor-mongering is bound to fail, because it is not in conformity with the facts and runs counter to the common aspirations of the peoples of our two countries to develop sound relations with each other.

Mr. Lilley Asked to Apologize Publicly, Mar. 17, 1997

Mr. Liao Zhihong, Counselor and Consul General of the Chinese Embassy, wrote a letter on March 17, 1997 to the Editor of the Washington Times in regard to an article carried by the paper the same day. Following is the text of the letter:

On March 17, 1997, your paper published an article in which Mr. James F. Lilley, former U.S. Ambassador to China, claimed that "the Chinese Consul General [Liao Zhihong]" was involved in "getting millions of dollars in campaign donations" for last year's U.S. election. This is a sheer and completely groundless fabrication. I hereby express strong dissatisfaction at these most irresponsible words of Mr. Lilley.

As Counselor and Consul General of the Chinese Embassy in the United States of America, I have maintained contacts with many American friends, including ethnic Chinese friends. But I have done nothing of the sort whatsoever described by Mr. Lilley. Maintaining normal contacts with overseas Chinese and U.S. citizens of Chinese origin, protecting the lawful rights and interests of the overseas Chinese and enhancing understanding and friendship between the peoples of China and the United States are duties of mine and other diplomats of the Chinese Embassy. It is our consistent policy to educate and encourage the overseas Chinese and foreign nationals of Chinese origin to abide by the laws of the country of their residence, maintain good relations with the local people and make contributions to the prosperity and development of these countries. It is widely known that China has all along abided by the principle of non-interference in other countries' internal affairs while developing bilateral relations with them. I have adhered to this principle in carrying out my duties accordingly. In making this groundless accusation against me, Mr. Lilley has not only tried to defame my integrity and reputation, but also to attack China's policy. Mr. Lilley must publicly apologize to me and promise not to do it again.

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