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PRESIDENT TO REAFFIRM CROSS-STRAIT PEACE, STABILITY IN INAUGURATION

2004-04-09 17:06:18

    Taipei, April 9 (CNA) President Chen Shui-bian will say that he is dedicated to the pursuit of cross-Taiwan Strait stability in his May 20 inauguration speech, a Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) official said Friday.

    MAC Vice Chairman Chen Ming-tong said the MAC is working on the cross-strait relations part of President Chen's speech, the major gist of which will be the pursuit of cross-strait peace and stability.

    The MAC is also keeping close tabs on U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney's visit to mainland China next week, Chen continued.

    Observers have said that the main points of Chen's inaugural address will be on mending fences with the United States, which expressed serious concern about the first national referendum initiated by Chen, as well as cross-strait relations and ethnic harmony in Taiwan.

    Government agencies, including the National Security Council under the Presidential Office and the MAC, have been instructed to collect views and suggestions at home and abroad to use in preparation of a draft of the inauguration speech.

(By Lilian Wu)

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