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ADVOCATES OF LINKS WITH MAINLAND CHINA IGNORE NATIONAL SECURITY: LEE

2004-02-07 18:03:41

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    Taipei, Feb. 7 (CNA) Taiwan entrepreneurs who advocate direct trade and transportation links with mainland China have not considered the question of the nation's security, former President Lee Teng-hui said Saturday.

    Lee made the remarks while addressing the opening of classes at a school named after him.

    Lee again targeted entrepreneurs such as Chang Yung-fa, head of the shipping giant Evergreen Group, who switched his support from President Chen Shui-bian to his rival in the upcoming presidential election, Kuomintang Chairman Lien Chan, because of the current administration's continued ban on direct trade and transportation links with the mainland.

    The former president said these businesspeople "act as if they're going to die if there are no direct cross-strait links, " adding that he cannot understand why they wouldn't think about the nation's security.

    He said that the ban on direct cross-strait links means that national security has been placed ahead of the interests of the businesspeople.

    Meanwhile, an Evergreen Group spokesman declined to comment on Lee's remarks about no consideration of the nation's security.

(By Lilian Wu)

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