Presidential Office Spokesman James Huang (
In the very first paragraph of the online version of the newspaper's interview with Chen -- headlined "Taiwan's President maintains hard line: Chen rebukes China in interview" -- reporters Philip Pan and David Hoffman wrote that "President Chen Shui-bian declared Monday that his narrow re-election victory was a mandate from voters to press ahead with an aggressive agenda to develop Taiwan as an `independent, sovereign country' despite the risk of war with China."
Huang said: "The content of the interview is correct. But the preamble of the report based on the two reporters' personal interpretation is not."
The newspaper reported: "Chen's defiant remarks signaled an intent to carry his campaign's tough line toward China into a second term despite the deep divide his approach has created in Taiwanese society."