Taiwan Referendum Faces Boycott

From The Washington Post:

Taiwan’s main opposition group, the Nationalist Party, called on its supporters Wednesday to boycott a government-sponsored referendum asking whether the island should apply for U.N. membership under the name Taiwan.

The appeal reduced chances that the referendum measure would succeed, news likely to be greeted with relief in Beijing and Washington. China and the United States have denounced the referendum as a needlessly provocative maneuver, designed by President Chen Shui-bian and his Democratic Progressive Party to emphasize the self-ruled island’s claim to formal independence from China.

Read also KMT to back own referendum on return to U.N. from The China Post.

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