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PRESIDENT: NAME CHANGE IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO

2004-12-08 19:47:44

    Taipei, Dec. 8 (CNA) Changing the names of Taiwan's overseas missions to include the word "Taiwan" is the right thing to do, President Chen Shui-bian claimed while stumping for a legislative candidate of his Democratic Progressive Party in Taipei Wednesday.

    One day after Washington expressed its disapproval of his move to rename the country's overseas missions to highlight their Taiwan connections, Chen said his promise to change the designation of the country's overseas missions to make them recognizable as offices of Taiwan is "necessary."

    He also disputed critics' claims that his plan to replace the word "China" in the names of all state-run enterprises with "Taiwan" will cost these enterprises a fortune, arguing that the Formosa Plastic Group makes a lot of profit under the name of Formosa, which is the old term for Taiwan.

    He urged his audience to back his name-changing move by voting for his party in Saturday's legislative elections.

    In order to woo the votes of supporters of Taiwan independence, the president pledged Dec. 5 that he will rename the country's state-run enterprises and overseas missions within two years to emphasize their Taiwan identity.

(By Maubo Chang)

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