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Taiwan Quick Take: UN bid to use `Taiwan'

STAFF WRITER WITH DPA

Taiwan plans to apply to rejoin the UN in the name of "Taiwan" instead of the "Republic of China [ROC]," a move which could further strain Taiwan-China ties, a newspaper said yesterday. After failing in its UN bid for 13 years, President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) recently approved a government plan to seek to rejoin the UN in the name of "Taiwan" instead of the formal title, the Republic of China, the Liberty Times (the Taipei Times' sister newspaper) quoted an unnamed official as saying. Under the plan, the government will apply to rejoin the UN instead of having the nation's diplomatic allies asking the UN to consider Taiwan's participation in the UN. Chen will write a letter to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan to express the wish of Taiwan's 23 million people to join the UN and appeal for support, the daily said.

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