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PFP Chairman James Soong describes China as “more than a friend” for Taiwan

PFP Chairman James Soong describes China as “more than a friend” for Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – China has already exceeded the status of a friend and is now a relative of Taiwan, People First Party candidate James Soong said in an interview with the BBC published Saturday.
The candidate faulted President Ma Ying-jeou for not doing enough for relations with China and for going against the constitution.
Soong said unification with China was the ultimate destination for Taiwan according to the constitution. Ma’s promises of “no unification, no independence, no use of force” and Democratic Progressive Party candidate Tsai Ing-wen’s push for independence were both unconstitutional, Soong said.
He called the United States Taiwan’s most important friend, but added that times had changed and that one couldn’t expect the US to sacrifice its own interests for Taiwan’s sake.
In contrast, China had become more than a friend, but rather a member of the family, Soong said.
Commenting on Ma’s October idea of a peace agreement with China, Soong said the process should be transparent with as many people as possible allowed to participate and review the accord.
Soong nevertheless said he would continue Taiwan’s policy of buying weapons overseas. Even though arms could not solve problems, he would try and purchase defensive weapons from any nation in the world, including the US, while encouraging local development of defensive systems.
Soong has been placing a distant third in the opinion polls. While Ma and Tsai generally score from 30 to 40 percent or more, the PFP leader has been situated around 10 percent in most surveys. Soong said that since more than 30 percent of voters still had not made up their mind, it was still too early to tell who could win.
The BBC also interviewed Tsai and Ma over the past few days. Tsai said she was willing to visit China but only if Beijing did not attach unrealistic conditions, while Ma called on China to remove its missiles targeted at Taiwan.


Updated : 2021-05-14 10:30 GMT+08:00