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2004-02-12 20:25:09

    Taipei, Feb. 12 (CNA) The transfer of European technology to mainland China could encourage Beijing to invade Taiwan, Vice President Annette Lu warned Thursday.

    Receiving the mayor of the Austrian city of Innsbruck, Hilde Zach, at the Presidential Office, Lu told her guest that Beijing has not only tried to isolate Taiwan diplomatically but also has been increasing its military buildup against Taiwan.

    Beijing has deployed around 500 missiles targeting Taiwan and the number of missiles deployed is expected to increase to 650 next year, Lu said.

    Noting that the European Union adopted a resolution to ban arms sales to mainland China after the Tiananmen massacre of 1989, the vice president said it is worrisome that the leaders of France and Germany are reportedly seeking to lift the ban following years of seduction by Beijing with commercial interests.

    She expressed concern that European advanced technology will be transferred to the mainland, adding that if this is the case, it will be helpful for Beijing's military buildup and therefore will encourage it to invade Taiwan.

    Taiwan is not a part of the People's Republic of China and has maintained substantive relations with almost all countries around the world, although most of them do not have diplomatic relations with Taiwan, she went on.

    Taiwan has never ceased its efforts to participate in international activities and has made great contributions to global development even though it is denied by many international organizations, she added.

    She described Beijing as a "real international terrorist" by imposing a missile threat against Taiwan and preparing to invade Taiwan at any time, adding that this is why President Chen Shui-bian called a "peace referendum" for March 20 alongside the presidential election.

    European nations should not join Beijing in opposing Taiwan's planned referendum, she said.

    Zach arrived in Taipei Tuesday for a six-day visit at the invitation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She hopes to gain a better understanding of Taiwan's development in the political, economic, cultural and tourism fields.

(By Huang Kwang-chun)


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