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ROC Central News Agency

2005-03-08 17:56:30

    Taipei, March 8 (CNA) The United States's stance on China's plan to enact a so-called "anti-secession law" targeting Taiwan is that such legislation will not be beneficial to the situation across the Taiwan Strait, an official of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Tuesday.

    Victor J. Chin, director-general of the MOFA's Department of North American Affairs, made the remarks after China's rubber-stamp parliament -- the National People's Congress -- began to deliberate on the law the same day.

    ROC government officials have exchanged views with their U.S. counterparts on Beijing's proposed "anti-secession law" since late January and have explained the eventual impact of the new law on stability and peace across the Taiwan Strait and in the Asia-Pacific area to the U.S. government, Chin said at a news conference.

    Chin noted that both the U.S. spokesman and other officials have expressed their viewpoints on the legislation from different angles, adding that Washington has said it is unnecessary for Beijing to enact such a law.

    According to Chin, the U.S. government doesn't support and is even opposed to Beijing's move to unilaterally change the status quo in the Taiwan Strait or to define future cross-strait situation.

    Taiwan will continue to keep a close eye on developments of the law by China's National People's Congress while maintaining close contacts with the United States to safeguard regional peace and stability.

(By Luis Huang)


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