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Chen Shui-bien's inaugural address as President of Taiwan (23 May 2004)


Gilles Guiheux (Director, The French Centre for Research on Contemporary China) thinks President Chen Shui-bien's inaugural address is conciliatory as he renewed his pledge on the 5 No's and made concessions on the constitutional issue. He expects some initiatives coming from both sides after Taiwan's legislative election and the US presidential election. Willy Lam Wo-lap (Political Commentator) says Beijing is not impressed with Chen's speech as he has not given in to the One China Policy. He says the People's Liberation Army continues to prepare for an attack on Taiwan. Discusses the possibility of confederation for Taiwan and China.

Publish Date: 
Sunday, May 23, 2004
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