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TAIWAN SHOULD HEED U.S. VIEWS FOR SECURITY'S SAKE: TAIPEI MAYOR

2004-12-08 17:08:38

    Taoyuan, Dec. 8 (CNA) Taiwan should take heed of the views and stance of the United States for the sake of Taiwan's own security, Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou said Wednesday.

    Ma, an incumbent vice chairman of the opposition Kuomintang, said that although some politicians have said that "the United States is not our father" and that "the United States is treating Taiwan with an imperialist mentality," Taiwan should pay close heed to the U.S. views and stance if it is going to rely on the United States for security.

    Speaking at a campaign rally for a KMT legislative candidate in the northern county of Taoyuan, Ma said the government's recent talk about plans to have the formal designation of Taiwan's overseas missions, as well as the names of state-run enterprises, changed from either "Taipei" or "China" to "Taiwan, " have stirred up yet more confusion and doubt in the international community.

    He called for those in office to bear Taiwan people's security and wellbeing in mind and to avoid rash speeches and actions that could compromise the country's future.

(By Deborah Kuo)

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