China rejects talks with Taiwan

From AP, via USA Today:

China reacted coolly to an invitation Tuesday by Taiwan’s leader for President Hu Jintao to visit the island, rejecting any official contact until the Taiwanese ruling party drops a clause in its constitution calling for formal independence.

The lukewarm response came hours after Beijing offered a pair of giant pandas to the people of Taiwan plus concessions on fruit imports and tourism as Taiwan’s opposition leader capped a groundbreaking visit to the mainland.

See also “Beijing offers tariffs cut, pandas as KMT ends visit” from China Daily and “China chills hope of talks with Chen” from the IHT.

May 3, 2005 8:15 AM
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