Following the landmark visits by Taiwan's largest opposition parties to the Mainland, Taiwan Premier Frank Hsieh called for direct talks with the Mainland "rather than fight battles … all over the world," a reference to the lopsided race by Beijing and Taipei to win diplomatic recognition globally, the South China Morning Post reported. Hsieh also said President Chen Shui-bian has promised not to push for the creation of a "Republic of Taiwan" before his term ends in 2008.
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