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MAC chief in the US for briefings

DIPLOMACY The main purpose of the visit is to exchange views with US academics policy toward China, the Mainland Affairs Council chairman said


Mainland Affairs Council Chair-man Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) and Lin Fang-mei (林芳玫), chairwoman of the Coordination Council for North American Affairs, arrived in Wa-shington on Tuesday.

They will meet with think tank scholars, congressional heavyweights and Bush administration officials during their stay.

Wu said the main purpose of the visit is to exchange views with American academics on Taiwan's policy toward China during President Chen Shui-bian's (陳水扁) second term.

Before going to Washington, Wu and Lin held held a breakfast meeting in New York with dozens of researchers from major U. think tanks, including the National Committee on US-China Relations and the National Committee on American Foreign Policy.

Wu told Chinese-language media reporters stationed in New York that US academics do not understand Taiwan's basic policy toward China very well.

"I think frequent face-to-face meetings and discussions are the most effective ways to avoid misunderstanding," Wu said.

Lin said US think tank members have shown keen interest in many Taiwan-related political topics, including the content of Taiwan's constitutional re-engineering plan.

"They hope to know whether the constitutional reform plan will touch on changes to Taiwan's national flag and title. I think they are not well aware of our political situation," she said.

During the breakfast meeting, Wu was asked why Beijing still would not sit down to talk with Taiwan.He said he thinks China still harbors hopes that the US could pressure Taiwan to accept its "one country, two systems" unification terms.

Given that the US has a presidential election in November and Taiwan will hold legislative elections in December, Wu said he doesn't expect that China would resume long-stalled dialogue with Taipei in the near future.

Wu and Lin arrived in New York on Sunday on the first leg of their trip aimed at expounding on Taiwan's basic stances on cross-strait relations.

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