Saturday, August 26, 2006


Friday August 25, 5:55 PM
China strongly protests Taiwan general's visit to Japan
(Kyodo) _ China strongly protests against Japan for allowing Taiwan's army commander-in-chief Gen. Hu Chen-pu to visit Japan, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said Friday.

The visit is "a serious incident in Sino-Japanese relations," Liu Jianchao said in a statement posted on the ministry's website. "China strongly protests such action by Japan, which explicitly violates the principles and commitments in the three political documents," he said.

The documents, including a 1972 statement for normalizing diplomatic relations between the two countries, includes Japan's "one-China" policy recognizing Beijing as the sole government.

"We strongly urge Japan to show through action its position that there is only one China...and prevent such incidents from happening again," the statement said.

Japan-Taiwan relations sources have said that Hu, who arrived as a tourist in Japan on Tuesday, observed large-scale live-fire drills by the Japanese Self-Defense Forces in Shizuoka Prefecture on Thursday.

Defense Agency Director General Fukushiro Nukaga said Friday his agency has not confirmed if Hu was at the drill.

China regards Taiwan as a renegade province awaiting reunificatio(kyodo)

China is a big country but narrow minded.

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