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連宋陣營邀請來臺的觀選團有國際民主聯盟（International Democrat Union；IDU），美國共和黨高層也隨之來臺觀選，另一觀選團則是以媒體、學者為主，包括國際智庫、中國事務學者等。
下面是中國學生學者聯誼會(CSSA)的成員轉發的電子郵件及附件原文，標題為"CSSA URGENT:Fwd:taiwan-referendum"（中國學生學者聯誼會 緊急：轉發：臺灣公民投票）：
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It has been reported that Congressman Peter Deutsch from Florida is pushing hard to have other Congressmen and Senators to co-sign an open statement to support Taiwan leader Chen Shui-bian’s plan for the so-called 「defensive referendum」. This development has aroused my great concern.
For the sake of seeking his personal 're-election' and in defiance of the fundamental interests of the people in Taiwan and the welfare of people across the Taiwan Strait, Chen Shui-bian has insisted on pushing ahead the so-called "defensive referendum" along with the 「Presidential」 election on March 20, 2004. Chen's act has stirred up indignation and condemnation of the Chinese people all over the world including the Taiwan compatriots and has met widespread opposition and query of the international community.
Whichever excuse Chen Shui-bian used to initiate the referendum, no matter how the referendum was packaged, it cannot cover up Chen’s vicious plot to pave the way for a future independence plebiscite. The referendum, which was imposed by Chen to the Taiwan people, has the least practice of democracy. It is meant to provoke the mainland, heighten tension across the Taiwan Strait and unilaterally change the cross-strait status quo. It has nothing to do with the democracy of Taiwan and does no good to the peace of Taiwan, and also goes to the opposite direction of Taiwan compatriots』 appeal for peace, stability and development. Instead of deepening Taiwan's democracy, it is a design to mislead and manipulate the Taiwan people. It severely hurts the feelings of the 1.3 billion Chinese people including Taiwan compatriots, and poses a major threat to the peace and stability of Asia-Pacific region and endangers the security and interest of surrounding countries as well.
I am (We are) greatly infuriated by and worried about Chen Shui-bian’s separatist activities, which are seriously undermining the political basis of US-China cooperation and the two countries』 common interests. We have no reasons to support any of Chen’s personal gambles. President Bush noted recently that the US government sticks to the One China policy, observes the three US-China communiqués and is against Taiwan independence. He also mentioned that the recent statements and proposals coming out of Taiwan that imply a desire to change the status quo are quite upsetting, and the US opposes any unilateral attempt to change the status quo.
I hope you, Congressman XX (or Senator XX), recognize clearly Chen Shui-bian’s duplicity and the risk of Taiwan independence, stick to the 「one China」 policy and oppose Chen’s conspiracy to alter Taiwan’s status quo through the referendum. Please do not co-sign the open statement proposed by Congressman Deutsch, so as not to send any wrong signals to the Taiwan people and the international community.