US President George Bush’s week-long tour to Asia has kicked off with controversy. During the course of a visit to Kyoto, accompanied by the Japanese Prime Minister, Bush called on both China and Taiwan to overcome their difficulties. He also said he supported the “one-China” policy, and neither side should take any unilateral decisions.
His comments sparked an immediate rebuke from Beijing, which has made it clear it will not tolerate any interference by Washington in its affairs. President Bush’s arrival sparked protests in Kyoto, with hundreds marching in the streets, protesting against the US military presence in Japan and the US invasion of Iraq.