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Friday, 23 March, 2001, 21:08 GMT
Qian's Taiwan arms warning

The Chinese deputy prime minister, Qian Qichen -- continuing his visit to Washington -- has again warned the Americans against selling new weapons to Taiwan.

Addressing a businessmen's lunch, Mr Qian said there was already a spark of trouble in the region; if new weapons were sold to Taiwan that spark would turn into a great flame of war.

President George Bush has said he has made no decision on whether he will grant Taiwan's request for a major new high-technology arms package.

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