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Ma Ying-jeou not worthy to serve as Taiwan President: TSU

Ma Ying-jeou not worthy to serve as Taiwan President: TSU

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – President Ma Ying-jeou was not worthy to serve as president since he didn’t recognize his own country, opposition Taiwan Solidarity Union Chairman Huang Kun-huei said Friday.
He made the comments after Ma said relations between Taiwan and China were not normal country-to-country relations but a special kind of relations. In a speech to the military, the president said the two sides did not recognize each other’s sovereignty but would not deny each other’s existence.
Huang took a group of TSU members and sympathizers for a protest in front of the Presidential Office Building Friday morning. He said he had chosen the location to remind Ma he was the president of a country because he apparently did not understand that fact.
Whatever terms the president used to obfuscate the fact, Ma’s beliefs amounted to saying that China existed but Taiwan not, Huang said.
Any moves toward a so-called peace agreement by Ma were only steps in the direction of a false feeling of peace covering the country’s sellout, Huang said. No matter how such talks proceeded, with academics taking the lead as China proposed or by any other method, the end result was the same, with Taiwan losing out, the TSU leader said. He called on the government and on the KMT not to serve the interests of China instead of the Taiwan public.
Ruling Kuomintang spokesman Yin Wei rejected Huang’s comments, saying they could not withstand serious scrutiny.
Ma and the KMT, which he chairs, believe in Taiwan and in the Republic of China, and have always insisted on its sovereignty, Yin said. That did not bar the government from seeking peaceful relations and cordial talks with China, he added.
Huang should not distort the facts, Yin said, because Ma’s statements completely conformed to the wording of the Constitution. The rationale had also been explained by Mainland Affairs Council Minister Wang Yu-chi in an earlier statement, according to the KMT spokesman.
Huang said Ma did not recognize his own country, but the TSU leader had delivered similar comments when he served as MAC minister two decades ago, Yin said.
Ma has officially claimed he is following a policy of ‘no unification, no independence, no military force,’ but critics have said he has backed down in the face of Chinese intimidation and failed to provide an adequate defense of Taiwan’s sovereignty.
His moves to improve trade have also made the country dangerously dependent on the Chinese economy without providing Taiwan any long-term benefits, critics said.


Updated : 2021-03-08 17:51 GMT+08:00