Taiwan's new president takes office; seeks to calm China

Saturday May 20 by Claudia bournecnn
Chen Shui-bian took the oath of office as Taiwan's new president Saturday -- and refused to bend to Beijing's claim that the island is an inseparable part of China. But he offered an olive branch aimed at calming the mounting crisis in relations between Taiwan and its giant communist neighbor. Chen said during his inaugural speech that as long as China refrained from using military means to take control of Taiwan, he would not push for independence from Beijing.

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