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2004-04-16 14:48:47

    Washington, April 15 (CNA) A senior U.S. State Department press officer on Thursday reiterated that the U.S. government has no intention of amending the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA) despite Beijing's requests that the act be abolished.

    Adam Ereli, deputy spokesman of the State Department's Bureau of Public Affairs, made the comments while responding to media questions raised at the Foreign Press Center in Washington, D.C.

    Mainland Chinese leaders appealed to U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney during his recent visit to Beijing that the U.S. administration should abrogate the TRA and cease arms sales to Taiwan.

    Pointing out that the TRA is a U.S. law and that U.S. sales of defensive weapons to the island have proceeded under the framework of American law, the official said that the United States does not have any intention of altering the act.

    In response to questions regarding the Taiwan leadership's intentions of amending the ROC Constitution by 2006, Ereli said that the U.S. administration has not discussed the issue with Taiwan's government nor received any explanation related to the issue from Taipei.

    As to the Taiwan leadership's push to hold a referendum on a new constitution for the island by 2008, Ereli said that U.S. opposition to the island's holding of such a referendum remains unchanged.

(By K.Y. Liu and P.C. Tang)


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