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Beef dispute won’t affect arms deal, premier says

REPERCUSSIONS It is unlikely that the US would shelve its arms package or prevent the president from making a transit stopover, the premier and foreign minister said

By Shih Hsiu-chuan and Jenny W. hsu  /  STAFF REPORTERS

DPP Legislator Wang Sing-nan (王幸男) said yestersday that the root of the problem was not pressure from the US, because the US exerted the same pressure while the DPP was in power, but rather the government’s unilateral decision to sign a protocol with the US without first obtaining the public’s consent.

He said the government’s shoddy leadership was the reason for any tension between Taiwan and the US.

“Sending a lobbying delegation would only bring further shame to the country,” he added.

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