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PacNet #31 – No Surprises?

"No surprises." This was one of the pledges Taiwan’s President Chen Shui-bian made to Washington, both at the time of his inauguration and again after his Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) made a better-than-expected showing in the December 2001 parliamentary elections and formed a virtual alliance with the even more independence-prone Taiwan Solidarity Union (which looks to former President Lee Teng-hui for guidance and inspiration).