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US government welcomes affirmation of status quo


The US government welcomes any comments by President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) reaffirming his pledge not to change the status quo across the Taiwan Strait, a US official said Tuesday.

"We continue to hold to them [the pledges] and we certainly welcome any comments that say he [Chen] does hold to them and he's not going to undertake any actions that would contradict them," State Department Spokesman Richard Boucher said at a press briefing.

Boucher made the comments one day after Presidential Office Deputy Secretary-General James Huang (黃志芳) said in Taipei that Chen has reaffirmed his commitment to maintaining the status quo across the Taiwan Strait on many occasions, and that commitment will remain in place through the rest of his term.

On Monday, Boucher had said that the US is opposed to any referendum that would change Taiwan's status or move towards independence.

"Our primary interest is in maintaining stability across the Taiwan Strait, and the United States is opposed to any unilateral steps that would change the status quo," Boucher also said Monday.

Boucher reiterated the US position after Chen said that he would hold a referendum on a new constitution for Taiwan in 2006.

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