CPC warns Taiwan on referendum; 20th anniversary of diplomatic relations with Uruguay celebrated
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  • The Taiwan Work Office of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee warned the authorities led by Chen-Shui-bian that a ‘referendum’ on UN membership in the name of Taiwan was a dangerous step for which “a heavy price” will have to be paid1. Meanwhile, Frank Hsieh, Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) candidate for the March election has accused mainland China of interfering in the presidential election. He charged that China was offering discounted flight tickets to Taiwanese business people to return home to vote next month for some particular candidates2.

    Among other developments, the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Uruguay was celebrated during the week. President Hu Jintao and his Uruguayan counterpart Tabare Vazquez exchanged messages of congratulations with Hu expressing his gratitude to the Uruguayan government for supporting the ‘one-China’ policy3.