The US government welcomes any comments by President Chen Shui-bian (
"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 (
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.