China Policy

CHINA POLICY….Yesterday:

The Bush administration has agreed with South Korea and Japan to a broadly worded set of principles to end North Korea’s nuclear program.

….The statement is being sent to China’s leaders on Monday, the officials said, in hopes that Beijing will pass it on this week to Kim Jong Il, the North Korean leader.

Today:

The Bush administration stepped into the growing tensions between China and Taiwan today by clearly warning Taiwan against holding a referendum that could fuel the island’s independence movement.

….Today’s statements, which build on a series of signals the administration has been sending for the past week, will be broadly interpreted as a warning to Taiwan that Washington not only opposes independence, but even political discussion or a referendum about the subject.

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