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DPP chief says she only needs to answer to the Taiwanese people

DPP chief says she only needs to answer to the Taiwanese people

Washington, June 4 (CNA) Opposition Democratic Progressive Party Chairwoman and presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen (???) said Thursday she does not need to have her qualifications evaluated in any countries and needs only to answer to Taiwan's 23 million people. Tsai stressed that the purpose of her current U.S. visit is not to have a job interview but to convey two messages: that the Taiwanese people will always stick to a democratic and free lifestyle and that she is responsible and determined to maintain peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. "If I want to take a test, then the Taiwanese people are my only examiners. I only need to give my answers to Taiwan's 23 million people," she said while addressing a dinner with Taiwanese expatriates in Washington D.C. In politics, the democratic system is the best test, she said. Tsai was responding to comments made earlier in the week by Cui Tiankai (???), China's ambassador to the United States, about her current U.S. visit. Noting that some people have said Tsai's visit is aimed at seeking Washington's endorsement prior to the 2016 election, Cui said he was wondering why she would talk to foreigners but not directly to her compatriots on the other side of the Taiwan Strait. "She first has to pass the test of the 1.3 billion Chinese people," Cui reportedly said. Tsai should also state clearly whether she accepts the "one China" principle and should leave no ambiguity about that point, he said. In Taiwan, ruling Kuomintang Chairman Eric Chu (???) and Tsai's political rival echoed her comments. Taiwan's future will be decided by its 23 million people, Chu said when asked to comment on Cui's remarks. "They can say what they want," he added. Chu also sent his best wishes to Tsai, saying he hopes her visit will be successful. Tsai has been nominated to be the DPP's presidential candidate in the presidential election to be held next January. (By Sophia Yeh, Justin Su and Y.F. Low)


Updated : 2021-09-20 07:11 GMT+08:00