“Regrettably, twice yesterday President Hu made clear that he has not changed his bellicose approach to the issue of Taiwan. Instead of dialogue, President Hu again offers nothing but ultimatums. President Hu said: ‘We will never allow anyone to make Taiwan secede from China by any means.’
“Taiwan is a friend of the United States and is a democracy. The future of Taiwan should be decided solely by the people of Taiwan.
“China’s failure to stand with the United States against the proliferation of nuclear weapons, particularly with regard to Iran, stands in sharp contrast with America’s successful efforts to persuade Taiwan to remain non-nuclear.”