White House denied a newspaper report on Wednesday that
it was considering resuming sales to China of spare
parts for a military helicopter as it seeks international
help to fight terrorism.
U.S. government is not deliberating a waiver of Tiananmen
sanctions to sell spare parts for China's fleet of S-70C
Blackhawk helicopters," White House spokesman Ari
Fleischer said, referring to sanctions imposed after
the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown against a pro-democracy
sanctions remain in place. There is no quid pro quo
on assistance that China may be giving in our counter-terrorism
efforts, intelligence or otherwise," he said in
has pulled out of this week's APEC forum, as its dispute
with host China reached boiling point.
China, host of the 2001 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation
(APEC) meetings, refused to extend an invitation to
Taiwan's chosen lead delegate, Li Yuan-Zu.Taiwan at
first postponed Li's arrival to Friday, hoping China
would relent. But Friday morning, when it became clear
it wouldn't, Taiwan chose to pull its delegation and
head home."We haven't received the letter from
the host," said Jack Kuei, Taiwan's spokesman for
the Taiwan delegation."So we have decided to pull
out from the APEC summit." The delegates who are
already in Shanghai plan to leave for Taipei on Saturday.
Foreign Minister Tang Jianxuan, was extremely frosty
Thursday when asked by reporters about Taiwan's choice
of delegates. "The Taiwanese authorities are to
be blamed," he said, saying Taiwan was well aware
of APEC protocol. He said an economics minister was
welcome to the business forum, and he didn't understand
why Taiwan was pushing the issue of Li's visit. "I
believe there is a deliberate political plot behind
it, some unique motives behind it," Tang said.
He later refused to accept any more questions from Taiwanese
media on the topic, saying "we don't think that
it is valuable to waste everyone's time."
October 20, 2001:
IS FIRM ON COMMITMENT TO TAIWAN: US SPECIALIST
U.S. President George W. Bush didn't dwell on the issue
of Taiwan in his talks with Chinese leader Jiang Zemin
Thursday in Shanghai, he and his administration is firm
on the U.S. commitment to Taiwan's security, according
to a U.S specialist on Chinese affairs. Douglas Paal,
president of the Asia Pacific Policy Center in Washington
D.C., told a local television station that Bush didn't
discuss the issue of Taiwan at length with Jiang because
the Shanghai summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation
(APEC) forum is not the appropriate place or time to
discuss the matter, but Bush's concern for Taiwan's
security is strong none the less.
21, 2001: U.S.
Laments Taiwan's Absence from APEC Leaders' Summit
Taiwan for the role it has played in the Asia Pacific
Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, the United States
said Friday that Taiwan's absence from the group's leaders'
meeting this year "will be a loss for all participants."
The State Department expressed disappointment that Taiwan
was unable to attend the leaders' meeting, which opens
Saturday in Shanghai, but said that Washington does not
see this "as a precedent for future APEC meetings."
It also said that the United States "expects Taiwan
will attend next year's leaders' meeting," which
will be held in Mexico.
the statement read to reporters, the State Department
also expressed Washington's gratitude for the way President
Chen Shui-bian has handled the incident and for his
support of the U.S.-led campaign against terrorism.
appreciate President Chen's statement of support of
the global counter-terrorism program and his affirmation
of Taiwan's willingness to implement the decisions that
APEC leaders will reach October 21," said the State
Department. It said that the United States has supported
Taiwan's "membership and valued participation in
APEC" since the island joined the organization
in 1992. Without commenting specifically on Taiwan's
choice or its rejection by Beijing, the State Department
said that the United States has "supported, as
in the past, Taiwan's participation in APEC meetings
at appropriately senior levels.”