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Beijing suppression in Tibet will impact Taiwan voters: MAC chief

ROC Central News Agency

2008-03-20 18:10:33

    Taipei, March 20 (CNA) Beijing's recent crackdown on Tibetan protestors will influence Taiwanese voters' decisions in Saturday's presidential election and impact cross-Taiwan Strait ties, Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Chairman Chen Ming-tong said Thursday.

    Chen made the remarks while answering questions in his capacity as Taiwan's top China policy planner during a news conference organized by the Government Information office (GIO) for foreign correspondents covering Taiwan's upcoming presidential election.

    Chen said Taiwan's government has always respected the Tibetan people's free will and supported their desire to pursue a dignified lifestyle.

    Therefore, and due to Beijing's long-term saber rattling against Taiwan and its large number of missiles aimed at Taiwan, Beijing's recent suppression of Tibet will fan Taiwan people's "misgivings" toward China and will push Taiwanese voters to re-assess their options in Saturday's presidential election, Chen said. "Such a development would eventually lead to a negative impact on cross-strait situation," Chen said.

    To what extent the Tibetan incident might affect Taiwan's presidential election will depend on how Beijing deals with the aftermath of the protests, Chen said.

    The mainland China policy chief also pointed out that the recent Tibet incident is clear proof that Beijing will not denounce the use of force to resolve disputes despite its emergence as a world economic power that will sponsor the 2008 Olympic Games.

    He said genuine cross-strait peace must be achieved through negotiations based on an equal footing and reciprocity between the two sides.

    China's democratization will be the chief factor in stabilizing the cross-strait situation, Chen said.

(By Flor Wang)

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