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Colin Powell

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We want to see both sides not take unilateral action that would prejudice an eventual outcome, a reunification that all parties are seeking.
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On Chinese and Taiwanese relations, in interview with Phoenix Television of Hong Kong (27 October 2004), as quoted in "Warnings by Powell to Taiwan Provoke a Diplomatic Dispute" in The New York Times (28 October 2004)

 
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