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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, April 30) - Papua New Guinea has
upset the Chinese government over its form of recognition of Taiwan.

The Post Courier newspaper says a statement from the Chinese
embassy in Port Moresby expressed concern and opposition to the PNG government
issuing consular number plates to the Taiwan trade mission in the country.

The embassy’s statement says Taiwan is not eligible to be
issued such plates, saying this goes against the One China policy pursued by the
PNG government.

This comes at a time when the vice chairman of China’s
National People’s Congress is in PNG.

The PNG government has defended its action, saying to issue such
number plates is in line with general practice.

May 1, 2003

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