Wed, Mar 31, 2004 - Page 3 News List

Presidential Office blasts `Washington Post' for distortion

STAFF WRITER

Presidential Office Spokesman James Huang (黃志芳) yesterday rebuked the Washington Post for distorting President Chen Shui-bian's (陳水扁) words in a report published yesterday, the local media reported yesterday.

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."

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