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Thursday, March 17, 2005

Russian military chief denies drill with China aimed at Taiwan

Space War - AFP: Russian military chief denies drill with China aimed at Taiwan

Excerpt - The Russian armed forces chief of staff, General Yuri Baluyevsky, denied Thursday that joint Russian-Chinese military maneuvers scheduled for later this year were a rehearsal for an invasion of Taiwan as suggested by a newspaper here.

"These exercises are certainly not directed against any third country," the government-run RIA Novosti news agency quoted Baluyevsky as saying from Beijing, where he arrived Wednesday for talks with Chinese military authorities.

Baluyevsky, who held talks with his Chinese counterpart on Thursday, said military leaders of both countries were in agreement on this.

"This position of the general staffs of the two countries has already been brought to the attention of the political leadership of Russia and China," ITAR-TASS news agency quoted him as saying.

His comments came after the respected business daily Kommersant reported that the format for war games due to be held along the shores of the Yellow Sea next autumn, the first joint military exercises by Russia and China, had been altered to resemble an attack on Taiwan.

Baluyevsky went to China "to find a way out of the scandalous story" surrounding the maneuvers, Kommersant said, adding that drills initially billed as a joint anti-terrorism exercises had been quietly altered by China.

Commenting on a law passed recently by the Chinese legislature giving Beijing a legal underpinning for attacking Taiwan should it take further steps toward national independence from the mainland, Baluyevsky said "this is China's legitimate right," ITAR-TASS reported.

The Russian foreign ministry said Monday it did not support independence for Taiwan but also reiterated its recognition of "one government, two systems" on the Taiwan issue.

The United States has described the new Chinese law on Taiwan as "unfortunate".


Hard Comment: Interesting, Russia Officially announces it does not support independence for Taiwan

The Jackals on the Network Business Shows will still tell you Communist China is a good investment, they are all blinded by Profit, Ignorant to Reality.

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