Taiwan president postpones trip to Alaska

Posted: Sunday, May 11, 2003

JUNEAU (AP) The president of Taiwan has postponed a two-week trip that included stops in Alaska because of the outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome.

President Chen Shui-bian was to leave May 29 for Central America as part of a four-nation trip. He was to visit New York while flying to Central America and Alaska on the return flight to Taiwan.

Chen had planned stops in both Juneau and Anchorage.

Chen has indicated he will not consider outside trips until the SARS epidemic is contained.

Gov. Frank Murkowski said he hopes to discuss trade opportunities between Taiwan and Alaska with Chen, especially coal and fish exports.

The trip will be rescheduled later in the year.

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