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PacNet #27A – Give Taiwan international cultural space

President Chen Shui-Bian was inaugurated as president of Taiwan for a second term May 20, amid signs of
reconciliation, as well as uncertainty and tension. Three days before, Beijing issued a warning statement that appeared to draw red lines that Chen should not cross in order to avoid conflict. Internal developments and external constraints in cross-Strait relations may presage political turbulence for Taiwan and the region.