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VP Annette Lu to begin tour of the Americas today

`STAND UNITED' The VP will be paying respects to Taiwan's South American allies to spur investment there, then visiting a steakhouse in Houston

STAFF WRITER, WITH AFP

Hoping to bring investment and development projects to Taiwan's diplomatic allies, Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) yesterday departed yesterday for a trip to two South American allies, via the US.

"As my companions on this trip include representatives of state-owned enterprises and business leaders from the private sector, I hope they will introduce both Taiwan's traditional and high-tech industries to our allies and bring further opportunities for investment there," Lu said in the CKS airport.

`chinese bully'

Yesterday was cold and rainy, but Lu said she was "not afraid of bad weather or a Chinese bully."

"I want to go out and work for Taiwan's beautiful future," Lu said.

Lu will arrive in the US today where she will have lunch at a Houston steakhouse visited by President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) during a similar transit in 2001.

She will tour NASA (the National Aeronautics and Space Administration) in Florida tomorrow before flying on to Guatemala and El Salvador, two of the few countries to recognize Taiwan diplomatically.

Lu is due on March 21 to make another stopover in Miami, where she will visit the National Hurricane Center, Miami International University and meet with members of the city's establishment.

In a brief meeting with reporters shortly before her departure, Lu called on the people of Taiwan to stand united against China's anticipated "anti-secession" law aimed at the island.

"I sincerely hope our compatriots will overcome their differences and join the March 26 rally in a peaceful and rational manner," Lu said.

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