China denies non-belligerence reports

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 17 March, 1996, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 17 March, 1996, 12:00am

CHINA has denied reports by the United States that it had given Washington a guarantee of non-belligerence against Taiwan. Foreign Ministry spokesman Shen Guofang said suggestions that the mainland would not resort to arms to resolve reunification with Taiwan were 'groundless'.

'China has never promised to abstain from resorting to arms,' he said. If something like 'Taiwan independence' or 'violation of Taiwanese space by a foreign force' occurred, 'we certainly will use every means necessary to safeguard the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the motherland'.

But Pentagon spokesman Michael Doubleday said: 'All I can tell you is that they have said publicly and privately that they have no intention of settling their differences with Taiwan by other than peaceful means.'