China's official English- language newspaper launched a scathing attack on President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) yesterday, accusing him of taking up his predecessor's drive to split Taiwan from the mainland. Chen had taken over former president Lee Teng-hui's (李登輝) campaign to foster a sense of national identity on Taiwan by localizing education and trying to change the names of its currency and representative offices overseas, the China Daily said. "He is a master at double-dealing in cross-strait interaction," the newspaper said in an editorial. The editorial recognized that Chen had toned down calls for independence during his 2000 presidential campaign. "But that was but a show for that very occasion," it said. "Since then, he has assured us with both words and deeds over the past two years that he is the same old devout warrior for an independent Taiwan."
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