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2004-05-15 18:59:12

    Washington, May 14 (CNA) The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) announced the names Friday of three members of a United States delegation that will attend President Chen Shui-bian's May 20 inauguration ceremony.

    The AIT, which handles Taipei-Washington relations in the absence of diplomatic ties, had announced a day earlier that James A. Leach, will lead the delegation, which it followed Friday with the announcement that Frank H. Murkowski, William Brown and Douglas Paal will also attend.

    Leach, who has been a U.S. congressman since 1976, has long been concerned about Asia-Pacific affairs and currently serves as chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia and Pacific Affairs of the House Committee on International Relations.

    Murkowski, before becoming Alaskan governor in 2002, served as the chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and was a senior member of the Subcommittee of Pacific and East Asian Affairs of the Foreign Affairs Committee during his 22 years in the Senate.

    William Brown is an interim chairman of the AIT and a retired career diplomat who has served in diplomatic circles for more than four decades. He served as ambassador to Thailand and Israel and was the deputy assistant secretary of state for Asia and Pacific Affairs between 1983 and 1985.

    Paal currently serves as director of the AIT's Taipei office.

(By Lin Wen-chi and Lilian Wu)


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