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KMT CANDIDATE BLAMES CHINA FOR FUELING TAIWAN INDEPENDENCE

2004-12-09 20:10:23

    Taipei, Dec. 9 (CNA) China has unwittingly fueled the sentiment for independence in Taiwan by going all out to stop the country using its official name of the Republic of China, a legislative candidate named by the opposition Kuomintang (KMT) said Thursday.

    Chen Shei-saint, a KMT legislator who is running for re-election, told a group of Hong Kong journalists and scholars who came to Taiwan to observe the Dec. 11 legislative elections that Beijing will only have itself to blame for the emergence of pro-independence parties in Taiwan should it keep overlooking Taiwanese people's desire to be their own master.

    Worrying that the country is polarized politically, with one side favoring independence and the other favoring the eventual union of the mainland and Taiwan, Chen called himself a candidate who follows the middle course, adding that if he does not win re-election, the Legislative Yuan would be denied a rational voice.

    He predicted that if re-elected, he, as well as other like-mind lawmakers, will play the role of power-brokers in the new legislature, because whichever party wins the most seats in the legislature will need their support to win the presidency of the Legislative Yuan.

    After the brief meeting, the Hong Kong visitors followed Chen on the campaign trail to get first-hand experience of Taiwan elections.

(By Maubo Chang)

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