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Taiwan Quick Take: Lu says no `three principles'


Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) yesterday dismissed talk that she had established three principles that she would abide by if she took over the presidency. "Whoever made that remark did not speak on my behalf, so please don't put words in my mouth," she said. Lu made the remark in response to a claim by political commentator Hu Chung-hsin (胡忠信), who cited a "reliable source" as saying that Lu promised to respect and follow the constitutional system and promised never to declare independence if she took over the nation's helm. Lu also shrugged off a report published on Friday in the Chinese-language China Times, which insinuated that American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Chairman Raymond Burghardt refused to see her during his whirlwind visit. Citing the practice that the president and vice president do not jointly hold banquets for foreign guests unless they are the head of state or have special credentials, Lu added that Burghardt had expressed the hope to see her next time he is in town. The Presidential Office later issued a statement backing Lu's comments.

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