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Yu wants to see Chen meet with Lien, Soong


President Chen Shui-bian's (陳水扁) chief of staff said yesterday that he will arrange meetings between the president and Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Lien Chan (連戰) and People First Party (PFP) Chairman James Soong (宋楚瑜) in the near future.

Presidential Office Secretary-General Yu Shyi-kun made the remarks upon his return from a US visit.

Noting that it is quite normal for the president to meet with opposition leaders to exchange views on major national policy issues, Yu said he will contact opposition parties to set the stage for Chen's meeting with their leaders.

Yu said he will arrange for Chen to meet with Lien and Soong to exchange views on future development of relations across the Taiwan Strait and other policy issues of mutual concern.

The timing and the format for the planned Chen-Lien, Chen-Soong or Chen-Lien-Soong meetings will be decided after discussions with KMT and PFP officials, Yu said.

Yu met with Bush administration officials, congressional leaders and think tank members during his US trip that took him to New York and Washington. He is the highest-ranking Taiwanese official to visit the US capital in recent memory. Yu also attended his son's graduation ceremony at Columbia University during his stay in New York.

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