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Taiwan's Chen a V.I.P. in U.S.

Tuesday, 22 May 2001 12:00 AM

"An Air Force jet was used to transport the 20 representatives from Congress so it was a government-sanctioned visit," Rep. Peter King told United Press International. "The fact that the administration didn't attempt to stop the meeting shows that Bush was sending a clear signal that the United States will not abandon Taiwan."

King, along with 19 other members of the U.S. Congress, met with Chen Monday night at a dinner attended by about 45 people at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in Manhattan.

"It was our way of letting the democratically elected president of Taiwan know that the U.S. Congress stands behind Taiwan," King said.

The congressional meeting was arranged by Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., according to King.

Chen had scheduled no meetings with the media.

Topics such as the U.S. Navy plane still being held in China, as well as the communist country's military buildup, were not discussed, according to King, but the topics were "just below the surface."

"Taiwan sells more exports to the United States than any other country, and we are already close business partners," King said. "So it's not so much that our trade relationship with Taiwan will change, but I see our relationship being strengthened."

Taiwan-born Rep. David Wu, D-Ore., the first Chinese-American elected to the U.S. Congress, said he was pleased by the meeting with Chen.

"He enjoyed the meeting and has told President Chen that with his election in Taiwan we should support democracy when and where we can find it," Wu's congressional office in Washington told United Press International.

China had pressured the United States not to allow the presidents of Taiwan, which it claims is a rebellious province, to visit the United States. Chen's U.S. trip is not considered an official visit, and he is not scheduled to meet with President Bush.

Chen is scheduled to start a two-week Latin American tour today in El Salvador. He is also scheduled to see Guatemala, Panama, Paraguay and Honduras. He will end his tour with a stop in Texas.

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