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U.S. DIDN'T ASK THAT ROC DELEGATION'S TRIP BE CANCELED: U.S. OFFICIAL

2004-01-10 12:57:09

    Washington, Jan. 9 (CNA) A U.S. State Department spokesman said Friday that Washington did not ask for the cancellation of a planned U.S. trip by a Taiwan delegation aimed at trying to allay Washington's concerns about Taiwan's proposed referendum. "You'd have to check with them (Taiwan authorities) about (the reason for the cancellation), " Richard Boucher told journalists at a news briefing

    However, he did say Washington has substantive channels of communication with Taiwan which can be used to discuss the referendum issue. This was the reason given by a Taiwan official in Taipei the previous day when he announced the postponement of the delegation's much-hyped U.S. trip. "We have people out there who can talk for the United States. They have people here. And there's no problem communicating with Taiwan," Boucher said.

    Taiwan plans to hold a "defensive referendum" against the mainland Chinese missile threat on the day of the next presidential election set for March 20.

(By Jay Chen & Maubo Chang)

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