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Taiwan denies preview of Chen's speech by U.S.

Taiwan denies preview of Chen's speech by U.S.

Minister of Foreign Affairs James Huang Friday denied news reports saying an American official based in Taiwan asked to read President Chen Shui-bian's New Year's speech draft before he returned to the United States for Christmas.
Stephen Young, director of American Institute in Taiwan, Taipei Office, allegedly asked Chen to allow him to read his New Year's speech draft before he departed for the U.S.
Huang said he never heard of such a request from Young and that the two sides have regularly exchanged views on cross-strait, arms sales and other issues through existing communication channels.
The U.S. side and Taiwan's representatives to Washington will not enter any discussion on any isolated subject such as Chen's New Year's speech, the minister said.
U.S. officials allegedly are asking Taiwan's representatives in Washington about the contents of Chen's upcoming speech as some are worried Chen may float the idea of building“a second republic”in the annual address.
Huang said it is unnecessary to overly speculate or politicize Chen's speech, which local media say will focus on the country's economic rather than political state.