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Bush: US Opposed to 'Taiwan Independence'

US President George W. Bush stressed on Tuesday his country's continued opposition to "Taiwan independence." 

President Bush also reaffirmed US' adherence to the one-China policy and the three Sino-US joint communiqu├ęs.

 

Bush made the remarks at a meeting with Sheng Huaren, vice chairman and secretary-general of the National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, who is currently on a visit to the United States.

 

Bush also said he was looking forward to meeting with President Hu Jintao during their exchange of visits later this year.

 

Bush said the current US-Chinese relationship is very good, and that bilateral relations will continue to develop.

 

While accepting that sticking points may emerge as the relationship develops, the US president said these should be dealt with on the basis of mutual respect to maintain the vitality of relations.

 

Sheng, who is also chairman of the NPC Sino-US Parliamentary Group (Senate), said the exchange of visits of Bush and Hu would further promote the constructive and cooperative relationship between China and the US.

 

He said there are signs the situation across the Taiwan Straits is easing up, but that Taiwan authorities have not stopped secessionist activities.

 

Sheng said China appreciates Bush's adherence to the one-China policy and opposition to "Taiwan independence."

 

Concerted efforts to oppose and contain activities aimed at splitting Taiwan from China, and maintain peace and stability across the Taiwan Straits, are in the common interests of both the US and China, he added.

 

On bilateral trade and economic cooperation, Sheng said the two countries could find solutions through dialogue following the principle of "development, equality, and mutual benefit" agreed upon by Bush and Premier Wen Jiabao during Wen's 2003 visit to the US.

 

Sheng arrived in Washington on Monday afternoon at the invitation of US Senate President Ted Stevens, chairman of the US-China Parliamentary Group in the US Senate, and Senator Daniel K. Inouye, co-chairman of the group.

 

China's NPC set up exchange mechanisms with the US House of Representatives and Senate in 1999 and 2004 respectively.

 

Through these mechanisms, candid exchanges of views have improved bilateral relations.

 

(Xinhua News Agency June 9, 2005)

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