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President to share secret information with president-elect

ROC Central News Agency

2008-03-31 22:33:51

    Taipei, March 31 (CNA) President Chen Shui-bian will share secret information on Taiwan's national defense and foreign diplomacy with president-elect Ma Ying-jeou when the two meet Tuesday morning.

    Sources at the Presidential Office said Monday that Chen will share with Ma classified information and files to help Ma "learn the plight of Taiwan in the international community."

    Chen is also expected to answer questions posed by Ma during the meeting, the sources said.

    Chan Chuen-po, director of Ma's office, and Chan Chi-shean, a Ma adviser and former superintendent of Chi Mei Hospital in Tainan County, where President Chen was treated for a gunshot wound on the eve of the 2004 presidential election, will accompany Ma at the meeting.

    President Chen will be accompanied by Presidential Secretary-General Tan Sun Chen and Lin Teh-hsun, director of President Chen's office.

    The closed-door meeting, which Ma described on Monday as a "courtesy call, " will take place at the Taipei Guest House, a Japanese colonial-era complex near the Presidential Office, at 10:30 a.m.

    Asked if he will make any suggestions on reining in inflation, Ma said, "I've said what I have to say on related issues, " adding that if they wanted to adopt any measures, they would have done so already.

    To facilitate the transition of power and ensure social and political stability, President Chen designated a transition team headed by Tan Sun Chen last Friday.

    The president believes a peaceful transfer of power is one of his most important tasks from now until May 20, when Ma assumes office, the sources said.

    President Chen and Ma last met at the Presidential Office in April 2006, during which they discussed cross-strait policy. Ma was Taipei mayor at the time.

(By Lilian Wu)


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