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UPDATED: 07:43, October 26, 2004
China, US agree on six-party talks, Taiwan issue
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Photo:Chinese President Hu Jintao (R) shakes hands with visiting United States Secretary of State Colin Powell during a meeting in Beijing Oct. 25, 2004.
Chinese President Hu Jintao (R) shakes hands with visiting United States Secretary of State Colin Powell during a meeting in Beijing Oct. 25, 2004.
China and the United States reached agreements on Monday that the six-party talks framework should be continued and one-China policy be followed.

During the second leg of his three-nation Asian tour, US Secretary of State Colin Powell made clear in Beijing the US stances on the two issues in meetings and talks with Chinese leaders.

Powell arrived in Beijing Sunday afternoon after winding up his Tokyo visit, and would fly to Seoul to continue his Asian tour. Chinese President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao met with Powell respectively, and Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing held talks with him during Powell's stay in China.

"What we agreed on today is the need for the six-party framework to continue," Powell told a press conference after his meeting with Hu. "I hope that as a result of our conversations today, both of us will energize the other members of the six-party framework to resolve the outstanding issues that keep us from setting a date for a meeting," Powell said.

By June this year, China had hosted three rounds of six-party talks to try to resolve the nuclear issue of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). But the fourth round scheduled for September failed to take place.

While praising China's active efforts in pushing the talks, Powell said he is confident that the Chinese are totally committed to the six-party framework. "We reaffirmed our commitment today to the six-party talks and hope the next round will be held in the recent future," he said.

Photo:Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (R) shakes hands with visiting United States Secretary of State Colin Powell during a meeting in Beijing Oct. 25, 2004.
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (R) shakes hands with visiting United States Secretary of State Colin Powell during a meeting in Beijing Oct. 25, 2004.
The DPRK has criticized the United States for its hostile policy toward the country, calling it "a master key" for settling the nuclear issue.

"We wish the US side would go further to adopt a flexible and practical attitude on the issue," said Li Zhaoxing in talks with Powell. "China will make efforts to push for a new round of six-party talks at the earliest date in a bid to carry on the hard-earned peaceful discussion process."

Apart from the support for the six-party talks process, Powell on Monday reiterated the US commitments to one-China policy based on the three Sino-US joint communiques, saying the United States will unswervingly pursue the one-China policy and oppose any action aiming at the "independence of Taiwan."

While meeting with Powell, Chinese President Hu Jintao said "Taiwan independence" forces' activities aiming at splitting the country remain the root of the cross-Straits tension and the greatest threat to peace and stability in the region.

Appreciating the US consistent adherence to one-China policy, Hu said the US side should see clearly the nature and serious harm of the "Taiwan independence" forces and really turn its promises on the Taiwan question into concrete actions, which is vital for safeguarding the peace and stability in the Taiwan Straits region as well as the development of Sino-US relations.

China has always urged the United States to abide by its commitments on the Taiwan issue including one-China policy and opposition to "Taiwan independence", which has been reaffirmed time and again by US leaders and administrations.

"We will not compromise on issues concerning national sovereignty and territorial integrity," said Premier Wen in meeting with Powell.

Regarding Sino-US relations, both sides affirmed the sound development of bilateral relations. "The relations progressed a great deal in the last four years, the two sides held good and constructive talks on trade and economic issues," Powell said.

The Chinese president said China is ready to work with the United States to keep the general direction of bilateral ties and push forward the exchanges in all fields to make contribution to the development of Sino-US constructive and cooperative relationship.

As for the abduction of Chinese engineers in Pakistan, Powell expressed his condolence to the victims and their families, and hoped China to continue to fight against global terrorism.

The two sides had candid and open discussions on human rights issues and they agreed to start talks about resuming human rights dialogue, Powell said at the press conference.

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