Right after Chen decided to abandon a Chinese council which was working on the reunification of Taiwan with China, Chen has now stated that he is
committed to draft a new Constitution for Taiwan, but he did not comment if the document would include any statements that would change the status quo
in Taiwan. He also stated that although it might be difficult to draft the new Constitution before 2008, it is not impossible.
TOKYO (Reuters) - Taiwan's President Chen Shui-bian, who on Monday scrapped guidelines on unification with China, is determined to draft a new
constitution that better suits Taiwan's current situation, the Yomiuri Shimbun daily said on Saturday.
China has sharply criticized Chen's independence-minded stance, and his abandoning of a council and guidelines focused on ultimate reunification drew
harsh warnings from Beijing.
In an interview with the conservative Yomiuri conducted in Taipei on Friday, Chen said he was resolved to draft a new constitution but avoided comment
on whether the new document would include phrases changing the status quo in Taiwan, including its official name, the Republic of China..
"I'll push forward with procedures for a new constitution that is more suited to Taiwan's present circumstances," Chen was quoted as saying.
He added that, while carrying out such a move before his term in office ends in 2008 may be difficult, it is not impossible.
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Chinese officials have constantly stated that they will go to war with Taiwan to stop the nation from officially declaring it's Independence.
Now that Chen has stated that he is committed to drafting this new Constitution, and that it is not impossible for this to happen before 2008, what
will Chinese officials do?
[edit on 7-3-2006 by Muaddib]
[edit on 9-3-2006 by Thomas Crowne]