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Presidential Office denies rumors of request for speech

Presidential Office denies rumors of request for speech

The Presidential Office yesterday denied that the top U.S. liaison official in Taiwan has asked for an advanced copy of President Chen Shui-bian's (陳水扁) New Year Message.
Officials of the Presidential Office were responding to newspaper reports that said Stephen M. Young, director of the American Institute in Taiwan's Taipei Office, prior to his return to the United States for the Christmas holidays, was concerned about the president's New Year message.
According to the reports, Young had asked Mark Chen (陳唐山), secretary-general to the president, for an advanced copy, especially the parts concerning constitutional reform.
The officials said that the reports are completely unfounded, adding that exchanges between Taiwan and the U.S. are normal.
According to the established practice, Taiwan will inform the U.S. about the president's New Year Message, but "there is no obligation to provide an advanced copy," the officials said. They also said that there will be "no surprises" in the New Year Message.
Liu Shih-fang (劉世芳), deputy secretary-general to the president, said that the speech will be "well-rounded and based on mutual respect."


Updated : 2021-07-30 18:42 GMT+08:00