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Chen Shui-bian says if Han becomes Taiwan's president 'everyone will die together'

Former Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian harshly criticizes Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu in 25-minute-long video

(Screenshot from Chen Suibian's Facebook page)

(Screenshot from Chen Suibian's Facebook page)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- After Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) had unannounced meetings with the top liaison officers of Chinese Communist Party (CCP) for Hong Kong and Macau behind closed doors over the weekend, Former President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) recorded a 25-minute scathing tirade admonishing Han to "stop cheating the people," and said "If Han becomes president, everyone will die together."

On Sunday (March 24), during Han's trip to Hong Kong and Macau, he met with the CCP's Director of the Hong Kong Liaison Office, Wang Zhimin (王志民) and its Director of the Macau Liaison Office, Fu Ziying (傅自應). The unprecedented meetings with communist officials by an acting Taiwanese mayor caused alarm in both Hong Kong and Taiwan.

In response, Chen posted a video on his Facebook page on Tuesday (March 26). In the video, Chen quickly cuts to the chase and starts criticizing Han in Taiwanese Dialect:

"Mayor Han Kuo-yu, stop cheating people. You haven't cheated Kaohsiung people enough, now you want to cheat Taiwanese people and serve as the President of Taiwan. I don't believe that Kaohsiung people are that easily deceived, much less do I think that kind Taiwanese people can be deceived."

Chen said he believes that Han's statement supporting the "1992 Consensus" signified that he accepts the "one China" principle and the "one country, two systems" framework. "Even former President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) didn't dare do that. He only said that there was the 1992 Consensus and there is one China, with each side interpreting what it means" said Chen.

Chen closed by saying, "If Han Kuo-yu is unfortunately elected president next year, more visitors will arrive and exports will increase. People will become rich, but the People's Liberation Army will come in. It will be a disaster for Taiwanese people and everyone will die together. Is that what you want?"

Updated : 2021-06-14 11:39 GMT+08:00