On the afternoon of March 6, Foreign
Minister Tang Jiaxuan gave a press conference during which
he answered questions from Chinese and foreign
correspondents on issues concerning Chinese foreign policy
and international situation.
Q: (Voice of America) I
was wondering as you work to craft relations with the new US
administration, members of that US administration are
discussing the quality and quantity of weapons that they may
sell to Taiwan. I am sure you are well aware that the
decision on that is due in April. If those weapons include
the Aegis ship or ships, what effect will that have on
relations between Washington and Beijing?
Taiwan question is a very sensitive and very important
question in China-US relations. In all frankness, what the
United States have done on this question is adequate to show
that now the US factor is an important outside factor in the
way of the peaceful reunification of the Chinese motherland.
If the US side continues to fail to honor its commitments on
this question, if the US side continues to insist on selling
advanced weapons to Taiwan including particularly the Aegis
missile destroyer and the Pac-III anti-missile systems, that
would send a very wrong signal to the Taiwan authorities. It
will encourage a very small number of people, the Taiwan
independence elements to continue to engage in separatist
activities. It would only feed their arrogance. And
furthermore, that move by the US will endanger China-US
relations and aggravate the tension across the Taiwan
Straits and it will not work in any interest of the US
itself. The US side should come to the recognition of the
serious dangers involved. It should rein in its wild horse
right on the side of the precipice.