Pres. Chen says W. Post distorted interview

Following an interview with President Chen Shui-bian in yesterday’s Washington Post, the president now says he was misquoted on his stance about relations with the mainland.

The dispute is over the first paragraph of the Post article, which says: “President Chen Shui-bian declared Monday that his narrow re-election victory was a mandate from voters to press ahead with an aggressive agenda to develop Taiwan as an `independent, sovereign country’ despite the risk of war with China.”

According to a report in the Taipei Times, the presidential spokesman said that Chen, “did not make the comment during the interview, and that the newspaper’s interpretation was incorrect.”

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