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US official's remarks represent warning to Taiwan: Ma

The United States sent a strong message to Taiwan when a senior US official said Washington opposes Taiwan's plan to hold a referendum on its United Nations membership bid and paints the planned vote as a step towards declaration of Taiwan independence, opposition Kuomintang presidential candidate Ma Ying-jeou said Wednesday.
Ma added he shared the view of US Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte that the ruling Democratic Progressive Party has engaged in gradual but steady move to pursue Taiwan independence as evidenced by the island's planned referendum on its UN drive.
Negroponte told a Hong Kong-based television Monday "we oppose the notion of that kind of a referendum because we see it as a step towards a declaration of independence of Taiwan and alteration of the status quo."
Ma said that no ranking US official has publicly criticized Taiwan's policy in such strong terms before, adding Negroponte's words represent a strong message to Taiwan.
Ma said he does not think the DPP's rash and abrupt move regarding Taiwan's UN bid will succeed.
"It is wishful thinking the United States will take whatever it is given and will come to Taiwan's rescue anytime," he said.
Ma, however, said the KMT will go ahead and push for a referendum of its own on whether the country should seek to rejoin the UN under a pragmatic and flexible approach that does not specify what moniker to use in the UN application.

Updated : 2021-04-20 20:25 GMT+08:00