Those who support Taiwan should not shy away when confronted by Beijing: MAC minister

Chen Ming-tong (陳明通) said Beijing should be reminded of the R.O.C.'s existence

Chen Ming-tong.

Chen Ming-tong. (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Those who declare support for the Republic of China should not shy away when confronted by Beijing, said Minister of the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Chen Ming-tong (陳明通) today (Monday, April 22), according to the Central News Agency.

Chen was invited by the Legislative Yuan to observe an Internal Administrative Committee meeting on revisions to an article of the statute governing cross-strait relations. The proposed amendments would see any political agreements with China require approval via a tightened legislative review and a public referendum.

During a question-and-answer session, Kuomintang legislator Kung Wen-chi (孔文吉) said Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) had told Foxconn chairman Terry Gou (郭台銘), who recently announced his 2020 presidential bid, to stop constantly wearing an R.O.C. hat. Kung said Su implied Gou would be afraid to face Xi Jinping wearing his hat, despite Gou’s good relationship with China.

Chen said nobody that goes to China should be unwilling to declare their support for Taiwan, and should remind Beijing of the R.O.C.’s existence.

Kung asked if Chen would have the guts to declare his support for Taiwan in Beijing, to which Chen responded that he would.

In response to a question from legislator Wu Chi-ming (吳琪銘), Chen stressed that there can be peace if Beijing relinquishes its arms against Taiwan.

The Central Taiwan Citizen Action Front meanwhile held a press conference outside the Legislative Yuan building. The organization said the statute amendments would be Taiwan’s first step towards establishing a sovereign defense mechanism.

It is necessary to draw a red line for negotiations with China, the organization said.

Members appealed for the amendments to be enacted as soon as possible. Convener of the Economic Democracy Union Lai Chung-chiang (賴中強) said the red line should in simple terms mean Taiwan’s sovereignty, freedom and democracy are not up for sale.

Other negotiations should be conducted in line with Taiwan’s constitution, he said.