TSU CALLS FOR 'DEFENSIVE REFERENDUM' TO COUNTER ANTI-SECESSION LAW
ROC Central News Agency
Taipei, March 8 (CNA) Officials of the pro-independence opposition Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) called on President Chen Shui-bian Tuesday to initiate a "defensive referendum" to counteract China's proposed anti-secession law against Taiwan.
TSU Secretary-General Chen Chien-ming said the law, which will authorize the Beijing authorities to use non-peaceful means to check so-called "secessionist" activities in Taiwan, is evidence of China's intention to change the status quo across the Taiwan Strait and suppress Taiwan.
He proposed that President Chen launch a "defensive referendum" in accordance with the Referendum Law to exhibit the resolve of the Taiwan people to defend the country's sovereignty and survival.
Lo Chih-ming, convener of the TSU legislative caucus, said the party will propose a referendum to let the people vote on "whether Taiwan is part of China" if the president does not exercise his right.
Also, Lo said, the TSU will release Friday details of its "anti-annexation law" in retaliation for the anti-secession legislation that China is expected to pass next week.
According to Lo, Beijing's claim that Taiwan is part of China is inconsistent with reality and the cross-strait status quo.
Lo said the China-proposed "one country, two systems" format for unification is unacceptable to the people of Taiwan, because any changes to the status quo must be decided by the people of Taiwan through a democratic process.
The anti-secession law is tantamount to a license for the People's Liberation Army to attack Taiwan and a measure coercing the Taiwan people to accept China's annexation, according to Lo.
(By Y.F. Low)
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