The new Chinese ambassador to the United states has urged Americans to consider the British agreement to return Hong Kong to China as an example for Taiwan，warning that U.S.-Taiwan ties could lead to serious friction with Beijing.
In an interview with a news agency, Han Xu, the third Chinese ambassador to U.S. since China-U.s.ties were restored in l979, noted other problems in relations, including the deadlock over nuclear cooperation caused largely by Beijing's refusal to accept U.S. controls. He also mentioned points of discord on trade.
But he emphasized the Taiwan question, which he called a crucial issue.Mr. Han warned that the United States must carry out its pledge to stop supplying weapons to Taiwan，and voiced regret at the slowness with which the sales were being reduced.
Mr. Han noted that this year, the United States was selling 760 million dollars worth of arms to Taiwan, "a cut of 20 million dollars per year."
"By this speed," he continued, "it would take 38 years more. I have no chance to see the solution in my life. The speed is too slow. We expected it not to be so slow."
Mr. Han also denounced the use of a nominally unofficial body, the coordination council for North America, to retain U.S.-Taiwan ties. The U.S. granting of diplomatic privileges to Taiwanese members of this body, he added, constituted a violation of Chinese sovereignty.