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Tsai Ing-wen to deliver speech in NYC


Former Mainland Affairs Council chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) was to deliver the keynote speech at a seminar in New York yesterday on the political implications of Taiwan's plan to revise the Constitution.

Tsai, who will become a Democratic Progressive Party legislator-at-large on Feb. 1, will explain why it is necessary for Taiwan to adopt a new constitution, the process that will be followed to achieve this and what will likely be in the revised constitution. This will all be set against the backdrop of how the revised constitution will dovetail with international trends.

The seminar was sponsored by the New Century Institute, New York, a dual-nation think tank based in the US and Taiwan established by Chen Lung-chu (陳隆志), a professor at the New York Law School. Chen, an adviser to President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁), has championed efforts to get US backing for Taiwan's entry into the UN.

Other members of the seminar include Richard Bush, a former American Institute in Taiwan chairman, who is now director of the Brookings Institution's Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies; Professor Andrew Nathan with Columbia University and author of the book China's Transition.

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