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Spokesperson Zhang Qiyue's Statement on Singaporean Deputy Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's Visit to Taiwan
2004-07-11

On July 10th, Singaporean Deputy Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong made his so-called unofficial visit to Taiwan, regardless of solemn representations repeatedly made by China. The Chinese Government expresses its strong dissatisfaction with and protest against it.

The Taiwan question bears directly on China's sovereignty and territorial integrity. We are firmly opposed to official exchanges in any form between the Taiwan authorities and the countries that have diplomatic relations with China.

Whatever pretext the Singaporean leader uses for his visit to Taiwan, the visit will damage China's core interest and the political foundation for China-Singapore relations and hurt the feelings of 1.3 billion Chinese people. The Singaporean side has to take all responsibilities for the consequences arising thereof.

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