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PacNet #28B – UN Referendum Brings U.S.-Taiwan Relations to a New Low

Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian is backing a plan to hold a referendum on the island’s UN membership under the name “Taiwan” to be held in tandem with the March presidential election. Although the referendum will have no practical impact on Taiwan’s status, the United States has made clear that it opposes the initiative because it “appears designed to change Taiwan’s status quo unilaterally” and could undermine peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.