Chen has no Singapore travel plans: aide

CNA , TAIPEI

Thu, Feb 08, 2001 - Page 4

President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) has no plans to make a vacation trip to Singapore in the near future, a senior Presidential Office official said yesterday.

Eugene Chien (簡又新), deputy secretary-general to the President, was responding to a press report that Chen will travel to the Southeast Asian city-state late this month for a private visit.

A local newspaper said Chen was scheduled to leave for Singapore at the end of February and was expected to meet with influential Singapore Senior Minister Lee Kuan Yew (李光耀) and Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong (吳作棟) for exchanges of views on relations across the Taiwan Strait and East Asian politics and economics.

According to the paper, Chen was originally scheduled to take a vacation in Singapore during the Chinese New Year holiday.

But he was forced to postpone the travel plan due to a simmering row between his minority administration and the opposition-controlled Legislative Yuan over the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant project (核四).