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Chen invites Lee to son's wedding

POTENTIAL MEETING?The president invited former president Lee to the wedding of his son despite the pair's recent war of words, the Presidential Office said

By Huang Tai-lin  /  STAFF REPORTER

A formal invitation to attend the wedding of President Chen Shui-bian's (陳水扁) son, Chen Chih-chung (陳致中), will be delivered to former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) within the next few days, the Presidential Office said yesterday.

The wedding is set to take place in Taipei's Sheraton Hotel on June 18. There has been much media speculation over the strained relations between President Chen and the former president after Chen criticized Lee in the lead-up to the National Assembly election last month.

In a TV interview aired prior to the election, Chen bitterly lashed out at the former president. Chen's criticism of Lee had drew much fire from pan-green supporters.

In another interview, Chen spoke about his respect for Lee -- an apparent backtrack on his criticism.

Lee attended the wedding of Chen's daughter, Chen Hsing-yu (陳幸妤), in September 2001. It has been of great interest to local media whether a wedding invitation would be sent to the former president this time around and whether he would attend the wedding.

In response to media queries, Presidential Office Secretary-General Yu Shyi-kun said on Monday the president will invite the former president his son's wedding "to share the joy of gaining a daughter-in-law," adding, "there is no problem" between Chen and Lee.

Yu said the president, occupied with the planning of his son's wedding, will "at an appropriate time" a visit the former president.

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