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DELINKING MILITARY AND POLITICS GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT: PRESIDENT CHEN

2004-03-09 16:04:24

    Taipei, March 9 (CNA) ROC President Chen Shui-bian said Tuesday that eliminating political influence in the military, which was common in the previous Kuomintang (KMT) administration, has been the greatest achievement in his political career as head of state.

    Speaking during an exclusive interview with TVBS, a local cable TV channel, Chen said that he saw to it that a new act passed in early 2002 to integrate the military command and its administration system be implemented and that the armed forces remain neutral, without political affiliations or serving any political parties.

    This achievement has been manifested in various elections in Taiwan over the past several years, representing a stark contrast to the situation before 2000 where the military was mostly designed to serve the then-ruling KMT in every area, including elections, Chen said.

    Elsewhere, the president said he feels sorry for every member of his administration for having to put up with KMT presidential candidate Lien Chan's ridicule. Lien commented recently that Chen's administration was filled with people who " know and do nothing except eat and sleep."

    On the contrary, the president said, everyone on his administrative team have sacrificed their time for eating and sleeping to serve the people and the government, all for a single cause -- to make Taiwan a better place to live.

(By Deborah Kuo)

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