Wen Jiabao: America Offends China with Dalai Lama and Arms Sales to Taiwan

Today Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao gave press conference in the Great Hall of the People.  A question from an AFP reporter got him focused on US-China relations.  Although I haven’t been able to find it yet in English (or in French, for that matter), the Huanqiu Shibao (Global Times) has released a transcript of the related content:

[温家宝]:不畏浮云遮望眼,只因身在最高层。我们应该从这样的高度来把握两国关系。奥巴马总统入主白宫以后,中美关系有个良好的开端。
[温家宝]:但是最近一段时期,美方在达赖喇嘛访美和对台军售等问题上触犯了中国的主权和领土完整,使中美关系受到严重的干扰,这个责任不在中国,而在美方。
[温家宝]:中美三个联合公报是中美关系的基础,我们希望美方能够正视问题,以实际行动回到三个公报的基础上来,使中美关系得以恢复和改善。
[温家宝]:我曾经讲过,中美建交30年的历史告诉我们,和则两利、斗则俱伤,互信则进、猜忌则退。对话比对抗好,合作比遏制好,伙伴比对手好,我们应该从这样的角度来努力促进中美关系的发展。

I’ll translate this later in the day, but suffice to say that the national congresses going on presently in Beijing, and this above declaration, make abundantly clear that China’s more assertive external line on Tibet policy has a great deal of support within the Central Committee of the CCP, and, moreover, that the strong Chinese reaction to the Portland Tibet declaration are certainly connected to this larger imperative.

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