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Taiwan Quick Take: TAO application delayed

STAFF WRITER WITH AGENCIES

The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) yesterday said it would delay filing an application for a visit by the director of China's Taiwan Affairs Office Chen Yunlin (陳雲林), because of fears of a boycott by the government. The party planned to invite Chen to join a "cross-strait agricultural cooperation" forum on Oct. 13 in Taipei and had been requested to send out the application before Aug. 13. However, because the government blamed China for forcing Chad to switch recognition to Beijing, the KMT said it would not send out Chen's application for the time being. "It's clear that the government will boycott the forum, and we worry that our efforts will be wasted," KMT Chinese Affairs Department director Chang Rong-kung (張榮恭) said yesterday. Chang said the KMT was making efforts to improve cross-strait ties, adding the government was not appreciating its goodwill. "The KMT will delay the application until the Chad issue cools down and the government can make a reasonable decision," he added.

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