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Yang warns US over Tibet

VISITING Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi on Wednesday urged the United States to stop meddling in China's internal affairs in connection with the Tibet issue.

During his talks with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Yang reaffirmed China's resolute opposition and strong indignation over some recent statements made by the US administration and over the adoption on Wednesday by the US House of Representatives of a resolution on Tibet introduced by a handful of anti-China US congressmen.

Yang said the Tibet issue is vital to China's sovereignty and territorial integrity and urged the US to respect China's position on the issue and take effective steps to clear up any negative ramifications of the wrong words and deeds by the US side.

As to the Taiwan issue, Yang briefed Clinton of the recent developments in cross-strait relations.

He reiterated China's position on the issue and expressed hope that the US will keep its promises, handle the issue properly and with caution, and support the peaceful development of cross-strait relations with concrete actions.

Clinton said the US firmly supports the one-China policy and welcomed and expressed support for the peaceful development of cross-strait relations.

Also on Wednesday, China and the US vowed to join hands in fighting trade protectionism amid the ongoing economic downturn.

Yang and US Secretary of Treasury Timothy Geithner voiced their opposition against trade protectionism during a meeting on bilateral relations and issues concerning global economic crisis.


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