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PacNet #23 – Cross-Strait Relations: Hope for a Breakthrough?

May 24, 2004

Taipei – Chen Shui-bian clearly heard the warnings issued by Washington and, less subtly, by Beijing prior to his inauguration for a second term as the democratically elected president of Taiwan. Beijing warned that it would “crush their schemes firmly and thoroughly at any cost” if Taiwan’s leaders continued their “dangerous lurch toward independence.” Washington advised Chen to take Beijing’s concerns (and threats) seriously.