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Taiwan editorial abstracts

Taipei, Sept. 25 (CNA) The following is a brief roundup of selected local newspaper editorials Friday:
Apple Daily: Turn down Rebiya Kadeer's visit The authorities are right to allow the screening of a documentary about Uighur activist Rebiya Kadeer, but should have second thoughts about her possible visit to Taiwan.
In order to best serve the national interest, it would be better to deny her a visa.
The documentary was filmed by an Australian, is not aimed at airing any political ideas, and China's attempts to block its screening constitutes rude interference in Taiwan's internal affairs.
But allowing her to visit Taiwan would be a provocative political movement that flies in the face of the country's campaign to nurture the warming ties with Beijing.
She is not a religious leader like the Dalai Lama and has neither followers nor contacts in Taiwan. Extending the invitation to her has no other purpose than provoking China and causing trouble for President Ma Ying-jeou.
There are many ways to show Taiwan's sovereignty; irritating Beijing is not one of them.

China Times: For the sake of the country, Rebiya Kadeer should not be allowed to visit Taiwan As if it is not enough to undermine Taiwan's ties with Beijing by inviting Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama to visit Taiwan, the pro-independence camp is trying to invite Uighur activist Rebiya Kadeer to visit Taiwan.
The Dalai Lama's visit was purported to be to soothe the souls of the flood dead after Typhoon Morakot, but Rebiya's visit is simply aimed at putting President Ma Ying-jeou's administration on the spot.
Those who throw this hot potato to the Ma administration with glee do not realize that just like the Dalai Lama's visit, they will only burn themselves rather than Ma.
Taiwan should not be led by the nose by Beijing, but it is unnecessary to play Rebiya off against Beijing, or for Taiwan to befriend anyone who is against Beijing.
Rebiya was a Uighur businesswoman groomed by China to be elected a member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference before she fell foul of the Chinese authorities and fled into exile in the United States.
She was elected chief of the World Uighur Congress, which is an umbrella organization of global Uighur independence groups, some of them take recourse to violence for their cause and are branded terrorists by Beijing.
Uighur independence is quite complicated, as Xinjiang Province is home to some nine other minorities who are loyal to Beijing.
Is that the course of action the pro-independence forces on the island would like to take to push for their cause? Many businessmen in Kaohsiung have already appealed to City Hall to refrain from making trouble that will smother the feeble economic recovery. Therefore, the authorities should give a sound "no" to Rebiya's visit for the sake of the national interest.

Liberty Times: Taiwan's pro-China policy has engaged concern of U.S. elite Only 500 days into office, President Ma Ying-jeou is leading the country down a path toward being attacked or even annexed by China.
According to a reports by our correspondents in Washington, D.C., the U.S. elite is exploring the possibility of Taiwan's unification with China and its ramifications.
U.S. expert Roger Cliff has warned that China might attack Taiwan out of desperation if the opposition Democratic Progressive Party wins the next presidential election.
President Ma believes naively that Taiwan can exist peacefully with China so long as it does not offend Beijing. As a result, he has gone the extra mile to please Beijing, such as sentencing a local politician to jail because he physically touched a visiting Chinese official, shunning Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama during his recent visit to Taiwan, and discouraging Kaohsiung from screening a documentary about Uighur activist Rebiya Kadeer.
The country has been led down the wrong path because it has chosen the wrong leader. With several elections to be held soon, we hope the people will show their disapproval of Ma's administration through their ballots.

United Daily News: Chen Shui-bian's fate sealed by his approach to his case The court's decision to extend Chen Shui-bian's detention comes as no surprise, because there is no-one in the country's history who, after being given a life sentence, has ever been released on bail while appealing against it.
This result is only natural in terms of Chen's approach to the case, which has seen him steadfastly deny having done anything wrong.
The outcome might have been otherwise had he admitted his crimes and sought the public's forgiveness during the trial.
His attempt to ask the United States Court of Appeal for the Armed Forces to intervene in his case also betrays that he is mulling fleeing the country should he be released.
His detention will pre-empt his attempts to manipulate his trial and spare the opposition Democratic Progressive Party the ordeal of being held hostage by him.
(By Maubo Chang)

Updated : 2022-05-22 06:59 GMT+08:00