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KMT questions Tsai's loyalty to ROC

KMT questions Tsai's loyalty to ROC

Taipei, Feb. 15 (CNA) The ruling Kuomintang (KMT, ???)on Sunday questioned Democratic Progressive Party (DPP, ???)Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen's (???)loyalty to the Republic of China. KMT spokesman Charles Chen (???) challenged Tsai over her remarks that she is throwing her hat into the race in the DPP primary to choose a candidate for the next presidential election, to be held early next year. While registering with DPP to seek the party's nomination for the race, Tsai said her priority will be "to solidity national sovereignty" and the DPP will do its best to maintain peace and stability across the Taiwan Straits. Saying that "Tsai's statement has totally not mentioned the Republic of China, we should first ask Tsai for which country's presidency she is to vie and for and which country's sovereignty she will be fighting," Chen said. Chen criticized Tsai for "maintaining the same equivocal mainland policy as she did in the 2012 presidential election in which Tsai as the DPP candidate lost to President Ma Ying-jeou (???) in his reelection bid. "Tsai should clearly spell out her stance on national identity issue in the beginning," Chen asked. Tsai, who is expected to run uncontested in her party's primary. however, downplayed the criticism by saying said that the KMT clearly has not learned from its shortcomings since retaking its ruling party status in 2012. "We hope to shape a new future for cross-strait relations by approaching the endeavor from a new political angle and reexamining the precedents set by the KMT,"said Tsai. Pledging to solidify national sovereignty, Tsai said that the DPP will be striving to uphold the principles of transparency, cleanness and the people's participation in formulating the party's cross-strait policy. (By Sophia Yeh, Kelven Huang and Ted Chen)


Updated : 2021-09-28 09:15 GMT+08:00