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BEIJING'S INTIMIDATING WORDS HURT TAIWAN PEOPLE'S FEELINGS: DPP

2004-05-17 16:06:06

    Taipei, May 17 (CNA) The legislative caucus of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) said on Monday that mainland China's intimidating statement on its latest policy toward Taiwan has hurt the feelings of Taiwan people.

    Chinese Communist Party's Taiwan Affairs Office and the State Council's Taiwan Affairs Office, issued a statement early Monday morning in which it urged Taiwan leaders to forgo Taiwan independence and recognize that there is only one China so that both sides of the Taiwan Strait can resume talks and end animosity.

    Beijing also gives two options to Taiwan leaders: stop the independence movement and recognize that there is only one China to promote the development of cross-strait relations, or try to split Taiwan from China and risk the consequences.

    Tsai Huang-liang, DPP whip in the legislature, said that Beijing's statement seems to have some goodwill, but in fact has a preset stance, demanding that Taiwan accept its "one-China" principle. "This is only new packaging of its "one country, two systems, " rhetoric, and Taiwan people will never accept this," he said.

    Tsai said that mainland China issued the statement in an intimidating tone, with an attempt to sway the inaugural speech of President Chen Shui-bian for his second four-year term on May 20.

    But he said that President Chen's inaugural speech will not be affected and that the president's words will still be based on such internationally recognized principles as national stability and cross-strait peace.

    He criticized the two options offered by Beijing as trying to "intimidate Taiwan, " which he said "fully demonstrates their hegemonic mentality, " and is "disgusting in the way it hurt Taiwan people's feelings and shows no respect for Taiwan's democracy."

(By Lilian Wu)

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