"Get out of my namespace!"
Following is a transcript of the interview with President Chen Shui-bian of Taiwan by Philip P. Pan, the Washington Post's Beijing bureau chief, and David E. Hoffman, foreign editor. The interview was conducted at the presidential palace in Taipei on March 29, 2004, with a government translator.
... the "one China" principle ... is totally unacceptable to our people.
I think the fundamental reason why I won ... is because there is a rising Taiwan identity and it has been solidified. I think the Beijing authorities should take heed of this fact and accept the reality.
I have observed a very interesting phenomenon. The Beijing authorities refuse to recognize the existence of the Republic of China. However, they dread that we may one day change our name. I see a great inconsistency in this phenomenon.
What's in a name, really?
The failure of "one country, two systems" in Hong Kong has contributed to the rise of Taiwan identity and the rise of Taiwan awareness.
As I have said, solidifying and deepening Taiwan's democracy is our best Theater Missile Defense.
The day before the election, I trod the fine line of death. And that had a great impact on my life philosophy and my attitude toward my political career.
A shot in the arm, a shot in the gut -- what's twelve inches between friends?