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2004-01-13 12:42:38

    Washington, Jan. 12 (CNA) A U.S. State Department press officer on Monday reiterated Washington's stance of opposing any referendum in Taiwan aimed at changing the status quo in the Taiwan Strait.

    Adam Ereli, deputy spokesman for Public Affairs at the U.S. State Department, made the remarks during a daily press briefing in response to a question raised about a recent Reuter's report that the United States is deeply concerned that Taiwan's upcoming referendum may change the status quo and drag the United States into a costly conflict with mainland China.

    He said that there have been a lot of reports about what the referendum will be or won't be, adding that U.S. President George W. Bush has made the U.S. position clear.

    Ereli pointed out that the United States is opposed to unilateral actions that may affect the status quo, and said the way to deal with the cross-strait issue is through dialogue.

(By Jan Chen and P.C. Tang)


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