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Taiwan Quick Take: Ma accepts `differences'

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) said yesterday the party treated its policy on arms procurement and the arms procurement bill separately. While Ma has promised to present the KMT version of the arms bill this month, the party's legislative caucus refused to back Ma's proposal during a meeting on Tuesday night. Ma said the party will make its arms procurement policy known at the right time, and will respect the caucus' decision on the KMT's position on the arms procurement bill. "I understand that the caucus may have different opinions on the issue, and I think that the final decision on the bill should be made by the caucus after discussion," he said. He also denied rumors that he would explain the KMT's stance on the bill to the US during his trip there beginning on Sunday. "You are narrowing the goal of my trip. I am not going there just to explain our arms procurement bill," he told reporters.

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