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      South China Morning Post

      'Axis of evil' label upsets mainland
      Foreign Ministry finds Bush's language jarring but welcomes
strengthening of Sino-US ties


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            China yesterday berated US President George W. Bush for calling
North Korea, Iran and Iraq an "axis of evil".
            "The Chinese side does not advocate using this kind of language
in international relations," Foreign Ministry spokesman Kong Quan said.

            Mr Bush said in his State of the Union Address on Tuesday that
Iran, Iraq and North Korea were attempting to develop weapons of mass
destruction and singled them out as an "axis of evil".

            Mr Kong said China believed all countries should be treated
equally in international affairs.

            "Otherwise it will damage the atmosphere for seeking solutions
to relevant problems and it would not be conducive to world and regional
peace and stability," he said.

            The comments came three weeks before Mr Bush is due to visit
Beijing for talks with President Jiang Zemin, who has backed the US-led war
on terrorism, launched after the September 11 attacks.

            Vice-Foreign Minister and former ambassador to the US Li
Zhaoxing is scheduled to leave China for the United States today to make
preparations for Mr Bush's visit.

            Observers have expressed doubt that Mr Bush will be able to
conduct substantive discussions with his Chinese hosts during his whirlwind
two-day stay in Beijing.

            During the news conference, Mr Kong, however, welcomed another
part of Mr Bush's speech - that on strengthening US-China co-operation.

            But the spokesman repeated Beijing's objection to Washington
selling arms to Taiwan and categorically ruled out the need for China and
the US to sign a "fourth communique" on Taiwan.

            Richard Bush, Washington's top diplomat to Taipei, reiterated
earlier this week that the US would continue to provide defensive weapons to

            Mr Kong repeated that any arms sales to Taiwan would violate
Washington's commitments to Beijing and the three communiques signed between
the two countries. 

            The spokesman was referring to documents signed between China
and the US in 1972, 1979 and 1982 that respectively established official
relations, detailed Washington's affirmation that Taiwan is a part of China
and pronounced the United States' commitment to reduce arms sales to Taiwan.
Mr Kong said as long as both Washington and Beijing adhered to these three
communiques, the two sides would not need a new one.

            "We are not in favour of the idea that the three joint
communiques are out of date," Mr Kong said.

            US officials say privately the joint communiques are merely
diplomatic documents that do not carry the weight of a formal treaty.

            Concern has been raised by Taiwan leaders that a fourth
communique would put the island at a disadvantage and weaken Taipei's
bargaining power in negotiating with Beijing.

            During his meeting with Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian, Richard
Bush reportedly assured his host that Washington had not changed its
position on Taiwan.

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