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Ex-Taiwan President Gets U.S. Visa

April 20, 2001

WASHINGTON. (AP) _ Former Taiwan President Lee Teng-hui was given a visa Friday to travel to the United States. He is scheduled to go to Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., in early May for ceremonies.

Lee holds a doctorate in agricultural engineering from the Ivy League school.

``We consider Mr. Lee to be a private individual,″ Charles Hunter, a State Department spokesman, said. ``Travel of private persons between Taiwan and the United States is a normal part of our unofficial relationship.″

There are no restrictions on Lee’s activities while in the United States. Hunter said.

Lee submitted his visa application to the U.S. office in taiwan where it was approved, based on guidelines set by American laws and regulations, Hunter said.

China considers Taiwan a breakaway province, and in deference to Beijing the United States severely restricts travel by Taiwanese officials to the United States.

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