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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (July 7, 1999 - Radio Australia)---China has strongly condemned Papua New Guinea's decision to establish diplomatic relations with Taiwan.

Radio Australia correspondent Richard Dinnen reports that China has called the move a violation of Chinese sovereignty.

"Papua New Guinea gave diplomatic recognition to Taiwan in return for a reportedly large financial assistance package.

China -- which claims Taiwan as its province -- is outraged, calling the move a serious mistake which must be corrected.

"In a statement released through the Chinese Embassy in Port Moresby, China accused Papua New Guinea of violating their basic diplomatic relations agreement, and of a serious infringement on China's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

"China says Papua New Guinea must reverse the decision to align itself with Taiwan, or face serious consequences, a clear message threat their relationship is at risk.

"Meantime, Prime Minister Bill Skate has spent the day informing his government about his decision to establish diplomatic links with Taiwan.

"Mr. Skate has not yet publicly announced details of the deal.

"Richard Dinnen, Port Moresby."


Xinhua News Agency Beijing, People's Republic of China July 6, 1999

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Zhang Qiyue today reiterated China's strong protest against the Papua New Guinean government over its signing of a communiqué on the establishment of "diplomatic ties" with Taiwan.

PNG Foreign Minister Roy Yaki signed Monday with Taiwan's " Foreign Minister" Jason Hu a communiqué on the formation of "diplomatic ties" between PNG and Taiwan during PNG Prime Minister Bill Skate's visit to Taiwan.

When asked to comment on the issue at today's press conference, Zhang said the Chinese side strongly urges the PNG government to correct its erroneous decision so as to bring relations between China and PNG back onto a normal track.

"Otherwise, the PNG government must bear all responsibilities for the serious consequences arising therefrom," she said.

It is widely acknowledged that there is only one China in the world, the Government of the People's Republic of China is the sole legitimate government representing the whole of China, and Taiwan is an inalienable part of its territory, Zhang noted.

Such a move of the PNG government has violated its commitment towards the "one China" policy, constituted a serious infringement of China's sovereignty and territorial integrity, and severely damaged the long-term friendship between China and PNG, she added.

According to her, Vice-Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi summoned PNG Ambassador to China Monday and lodged China's strong protest with the PNG Government.

China will take its further action over the issue considering the attitude of the PNG Government, she said.

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