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NO MAINLAND POLICY CHANGE OVER ANY PARTICULAR ISSUE: CABINET

2004-05-17 21:27:51

    Taipei, May 17 (CNA) The government will not deviate from its set policy with regard to relations with mainland China as a result of any single issue in particular, Executive Yuan spokesman Lin Chia-lung said Monday.

    Lin was referring to a stern statement issued by Beijing earlier that day that insists on its "one China" principle and reiterates its resolve to crush any attempt to declare de jure Taiwan independence.

    According to Lin, President Chen Shui-bian will give a comprehensive account of his cross-Taiwan Strait policy during his May 20 inaugural speech for his second term, and the Cabinet-level Mainland Affairs Council -- Taiwan's highest government agency responsible for policy planning toward mainland China --- will soon make a response to Beijing's statement.

    Chen, who narrowly won the March 20 presidential election, has repeatedly told foreign media in interviews in the wake of his re-election that he is determined to write a new constitution for Taiwan in 2006 and put it into practice in 2008.

(By Flor Wang)

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