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FM spokeswoman: China appreciates Germany's stance on Taiwan, Tibet issues

January 22, 2008

     BEIJING, Jan. 20 (Xinhua) -- China on Sunday said it appreciates
Germany's opposition to a "referendum on United Nations membership" to
be conducted by Taiwan authorities and opposition to any attempt seeking
Tibet's independence.

     Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu made the remarks
Sunday night when asked whether China-Germany relations have overcome
previous difficulties and started to turn better.

     Jiang was reminded that Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi would
meet with his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier during a
six-nation foreign ministers' meeting on Iran nuclear issue to be held
on Jan. 22, and that German Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature
Conservation and Nuclear Safety Sigmar Gabriel would visit to China
later this month.

     "The Chinese government attaches great importance to its friendly
ties with Germany and has always taken a strategic and long-term
perspective in studying and handling the problems in bilateral
relations," Jiang said.

     For some time recently, the two sides had conducted consultation
for many times to overcome the difficulties in bilateral relationship
and foster a stable and healthy development of China-Germany relations,
she noted.

     She said Germany had expressed the view that the German government
attaches great significance in developing its relationship with China,
and would continue to firmly adhere to one-China policy, recognize that
Taiwan and Tibet are parts of Chinese territory, firmly oppose Taiwan's
"referendum on UN membership" and would not support or encourage any
attempt seeking Tibet's independence.

     China appreciates Germany's aforesaid stance, Jiang said, noting
that China is willing to make joint efforts with Germany incompliance
with the basic norms of dealing with international relations such as
mutual respect, equal treatment, mutual non-interference in each other's
internal affairs, so as to push forward the healthy and stable progress
of bilateral ties.

     China-Germany relationship was much affected by German Chancellor
Angela Merkel's meeting in last September with Dalai Lama, whom China
viewed as an exiled separatist under the religious disguise.

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