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China Warns of Military Clash with Taiwan by 2008

Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian risks war with China if he pushes for a new constitution by 2008, but can guarantee security if he recognizes the island as part of China, the China Daily on Friday quoted a top official as saying. The island’s security lies not in building up an arsenal of missiles and submarines but in offering assurances that Taiwan is not planning to declare independence, Vice Minister of the Taiwan Affairs Office Wang Zaixi told the newspaper. Across the Taiwan Strait, the independence-leaning Chen for the first time commented on a proposed “reunification law” the mainland government is considering that could provide the legal basis for attack, saying he was very concerned.Full Story

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