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New US Congress faces key decisions

FINGERS CROSSED The nation can probably not expect any major breakthroughs, but some marginal progress on such issues as WHO entry is probably on the cards

By Charles Snyder  /  STAFF REPORTER IN WASHINGTON

On the WHO issue, not one bill was introduced in this year's session as the issue overall did not generate the attention it did in earlier years, when as many as several bills were introduced each year.

The Congressional Research report does not mention a number of other Taiwan-related issues that have come up this year and in years past. One would support high-level visits by US officials to Taiwan and by Taiwanese officials to the US, including visits by President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) to Washington. Others would enhance military relations in a number of ways.

Congressmen who have sponsored such measures in the past were by and large re-elected last month, and could be expected to push such legislation again.

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