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2004-01-10 17:27:29

    Taipei, Jan. 10 (CNA) "Mainland China will face a brand new Taiwan after the March 20" presidential election, and the two sides will post representatives on the other side of the Taiwan Strait, President Chen Shui-bian says in his new book.

    In "President A-bian's Report to the People" which is set to hit bookstore shelves Jan. 15, Chen writes that mainland China's problem lies in its vast western territory, rather than in Taiwan.

    Chen writes that he reached out to Beijing in his 2000 inaugural speech by promising not to attempt to change the cross-strait status quo, but Beijing responded by luring a Taiwan diplomatic ally in the Pacific, namely Nauru, into severing ties with the island in July 2002, which the president calls a deliberate provocation.

    In the book's final chapter, titled "Taiwan Cannot Lose, " the president writes that his bid for re-election will be the last fight of his policial career and that he is confident the country will not deny him the chance to complete his unfinished reform and to consolidate the country's democracy.

    In this book, his second one written during his presidential term, Chen also discusses the issues of peace across the Taiwan Strait, international diplomacy, national security, political reform, investment in the future, justice, and the people's dignity.

(By Maubo Chang)


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