Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Your money's no good there

China warns Pacific nations against siding with Taiwan (AFP - Reuters - 11 Aug 2004)

China has warned Pacific nations against caving in to Taiwan's "dollar diplomacy", cautioning it would be against their interests to establish ties with Taipei over Beijing, state media reported.

Vice Foreign Minister Zhou Wenzhong said it was important that Pacific nations that wanted to develop relations with Beijing recognise the "one-China" principle which states that Taiwan is part of China.

Zhou, who met Pacific leaders after their annual summit in Samoa last week, said Pacific island nations should be "highly vigilant to the political manoeuvres of the Taiwan authorities to split up China and undermine China's relations" with them and other countries with diplomatic ties with Beijing.

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