TAIWAN PRESIDENT WELCOMED IN NEW YORK

MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, Nov. 2) - Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian has hailed the easing of restrictions by the United States on his visit to New York.

President Chen is in New York for a two-day stopover, during which he met the city's mayor, accepted a human rights award and delivered several speeches.

Addressing a speech to more than 400 expatriate Taiwanese, President Chen thanked the U.S. government for loosening restrictions on visits by top Taiwan government officials.

On previous transit visits, President Chen was allowed only to meet with a small group of Taiwanese expatriates and barred from making public speeches as Washington feared a backlash from Beijing.

China opposes visits to the U.S. by government officials from Taiwan, which it regards as a renegade province awaiting reunification.

November 3, 2003

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