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U.S. NOT SUPPORTIVE OF TAIWAN'S NAME-CHANGE PROPOSAL: STATE DEPT.

2004-12-07 13:21:37

Washington, Dec. 6(CNA) The U.S. State Department made it clear Monday that it does not support Taiwan's proposal to change the designations of the island's state-controlled enterprises and its overseas representative offices.

    President Chen Shui-bian said Sunday that the names of state-controlled enterprises and the Republic of China's official missions abroad should be changed within two years to include the word "Taiwan." The name-change proposal is to avoid confusion with the People's Republic of China in the international community.

    The president also said at the same time that all the commitments he made in his first May 20 inaugural address and the Double Ten National Day address will remain unchanged throughout his tenure.

    Nevertheless, State Department deputy spokesman Adam Ereli said

Monday that the United States is not supportive of the name-change

proposals while responding to a media question on the matter at a

daily briefing. "Our view on that is that, frankly, we're not

supportive of them," he said.

    Pointing out that the United States has an interest in maintaining stability in the Taiwan Strait and that's what it wants to see, the press officer said, therefore, that Washington is opposed to any unilateral steps that would change the status quo. "These changes of terminology for government-controlled enterprises or economic and cultural offices abroad, in our view, would appear to unilaterally change Taiwan's status, and for that reason, we're not supportive of them," Ereli continued.

    Asked whether Taipei had informed Washington about the name-change matter, the deputy spokesman said that he was not aware of any such exchanges of views between the two sides on the matter.

    Meanwhile, a well-placed source said the same day that Taiwan's Representative Office -- the official name of the office is the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office -- to the United States has not yet received instructions from Taipei to work on changing the office's official name.

(By Oliver Lin and P.C.Tang)

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