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Taiwan’s Opposition Parties Criticize President's Call for a New Constitution - 2003-09-30

Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian’s weekend call for a new constitution drew criticism from opposition lawmakers who accused the president of pushing for a permanent split with China. The president did not say how he rewrites the constitution when he proposed the change on Sunday. But the opposition parties criticized the president, saying that he wanted the new document to enshrine the island’s status as a nation independent of China.