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Ex-US president Bill Clinton plans to visit Taiwan

PRICEY:The last time the former US president came to Taiwan, he charged NT$8 million to speak. People who attended his book signing were charged NT$10,000

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  Staff Reporter

Minister of Foreign Affairs Timothy Yang (楊進添) yesterday confirmed that Taiwan would be included in former US president Bill Clinton’s Asia tour next month.

Clinton is expected to stay overnight in Taiwan, with a commercial speech scheduled for Nov. 14 in Taipei, Yang said during a luncheon with reporters yesterday.

The Chinese-language United Daily News, which broke the news, said it would be the former president’s first visit since February 2005.

Whether Clinton would meet President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) had yet to be determined, Yang said.

The ministry was also reluctant to discuss the details of Clinton’s itinerary while in Taiwan.

Ministry spokesman James Chang (章計平) said the activities Clinton would participate in during his stay in Taiwan would be disclosed by the Singapore-based consultant company that is organizing the visit. The company is expected to make the announcement today.

Chang said the ministry was delighted to see Clinton’s visit materialize and would cooperate with the US to ensure diplomatic protocol and security requirements are fully met.

During Clinton’s visit in 2005, which was made at the invitation of the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy, the two-term US president had dinner with then-president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁). Clinton charged NT$8 million (US$258,000) for his speech, and tickets to attend a book-signing event for his autobiography, My Life, were NT$10,000 each.

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