China Warns World
Against Taiwan Intervention

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - China's foreign minister warned the world against interfering in its stormy affairs with Taiwan on Monday at a security meeting that includes the United States, Japan, Russia, South Korea and Southeast Asia.
"China's territory and sovereignty are indivisible and brook no violation or interference," Chinese foreign minister Tang Jiaxuan said in a speech at an Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) regional security forum.
"If there occur any action for Taiwan independence and any attempt by foreign forces to separate Taiwan from the motherland, the Chinese people and government will not sit back and do nothing," Tang said.
China reacted with outrage earlier this month when Taiwan President Lee Teng-hui scrapped the "one China" policy that has kept peace in the Taiwan Strait for decades. Lee said talks should take place on a special state-to-state basis.
A Taipei newspaper said on Monday that China's President Jiang Zemin had decided to cancel what had been billed as a landmark visit by a Beijing envoy to Taiwan in October.
"After more than 10 days of observation and meeting discussions, Jiang Zemin has decided to cancel Wang Daohan's plan to visit Taiwan," Taipei's United Daily News reported.
A Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman in Singapore declined to comment on the report.
Tang, addressing the one-day ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) which began on Monday morning, said in China's view "the main issue affecting security in the (Asian) region is still a lack of trust among nations".
He said destabilizing factors had developed further in the region.
"The Cold War mentality has by no means died out in the regional political and security arena," he said.
"The tendencies of strengthening military alliances and resorting to intervention against the historical trend are growing and the arms race has also the tendency of coming back," Tang said.
Tang said China felt that multilateral security dialogue and cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region should aim at "mutual respect" instead of "the strong bullying the weak".
"Asian people have had painful and unforgettable memories of the strong bullying the weak and willful interference into their internal affairs, which should not be the choice for building peace in the Asia-Pacific," he said.