November 29th, 2007 06:35 EST
China says Sino-U.S. ties disturbed by U.S. actions
The Sino-U.S. relations were disturbed and impaired by the erroneous actions taken by the United Stations recently despite the general smooth development, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said in Beijing Thursday.
China and the United States have maintained smooth communication on a series of major bilateral and international issues, Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao told a routine news briefing.
However, bilateral ties were disturbed and impaired by the erroneous actions of the U.S. side recently, for example, the meeting between U.S. leader and Dalai Lama, and his award of the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal, Liu said.
China has clearly stated its stance on the issue, Liu added.
On the Taiwan issue, Liu said China appreciated U.S. opposition to the push by the Taiwan authorities for a referendum on U.N. membership.
"But at the same time, we show great concern over the U.S. arms sales to Taiwan," he said.
"We demand the U.S. side fulfill its commitments in the three Joint Communiques between China and the United States on the Taiwan issue, not send wrong signals to Taiwan, and jointly maintain peace and stability across the Straits," Liu added.