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    Gejdenson's Statement Prior to Chen's Visit

Congress of the United States

House of Representatives

Washington, DC 20515

August 11, 2000

Contact: Barbara Feinstein (202) 225-6735

Washington, DC - U.S. Representative Sam Gejdenson (D-CT) made the following statement concerning a possible meeting with Taiwanese President Chen:

"As the Ranking Member of the House International Relations Committee, I hope and expect to meet with President Chen in Los Angeles. President Chen can provide us all with a unique perspective on developments in the Asia Pacific region including mainland China. This is a private meeting between President Chen and lawmakers and I don't believe that the State Department should attempt to shut off this dialogue."

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