PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 07 March, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 07 March, 2007, 12:00am

The normally jovial Li Zhaoxing has often lost his cool when talking about Taiwan

'We are sincere to make every possible effort to unite with Taiwan peacefully. But if Taiwan declares independence, then Chen Shui-bian will become a sinner in history'

March 5

'Who is Chen? He is merely a Taiwanese separatist. How come you don't even understand this? Where are you from?'

to a Taiwanese reporter on March 3

'It is clear we will never tolerate Taiwan independence. We will also not allow Taiwan leaders to make use of so-called transit diplomacy to sabotage ties between China and other countries'

April 25, 2006

'We hope that the US side recognises the dangerous nature of Taiwan independence secessionist forces and takes concrete measures to oppose Taiwan independence forces. We will stay highly vigilant and are prepared to deal with any possible complicated situation'

March 7, 2006

'His action is way out of line and it is a dangerous step. We are resolutely against it'

March 3, 2006, after scrapping of Taiwan's unification council