The Nelson Report says that President Chen sent a five page letter to President Bush…

While officials directly involved refused comment on the letter, other sources confirm that it contained Chen’s personal explanation of the New Years Day speech which caused a furor over his proposed abolition of the National Unification Council. Poignantly, Chen is said to have noted that it was unfortunate the two presidents could not meet to discuss the situation face-to-face.

Unfortunately, Chen still hasn’t gotten the point:

We also reported that high officials at State were warning Chen that the results of these discussions would influence the disposition of any transit visa request he might make to attend the inauguration, in May, of Costa Rica’s president…one of the three dozen nations extending official recognition to The Republic of China.

Sources say that Chen’s March letter did not address the “four noes” concerns.

It’s not difficult to make US officials happy — simply promise to not to do anything that would upset things in the Straits, and let them know ahead of time of any major diplomatic moves. Instead of building trust by addressing US concerns, Chen is fostering distrust. Fortunately US officials have consistently stated that Chen is merely a passing problem and will not affect fundamentally good US-Taiwan relations.