TAIWAN TO SENT DELEGATION TO US OVER REFERENDUM LATER THIS MONTH
Taipei, Jan. 2 (CNA) Taiwan will send a delegation to the United States later this month in an attempt to assuage Washington's concerns over a referendum called for by President Chen Shui-bian, Minister of Foreign Affairs Eugene Chien said Friday.
The minister said the delegation will consist of national security officials but he wouldn't reveal the make-up of the delegation and which U.S. officials they would meet in the United States.
President Chen has announced that he will conduct the country's first national referendum on March 20 along with the presidential election, but this idea has raised eyebrows in Washington.
U.S. officials from President George Bush on down have repeatedly expressed their concerns that this could change the status quo across the Taiwan Strait and thereby upset the stability in the region.
(By Maubo Chang)
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