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DPP to hold mass rally on UN bid

DPP to hold mass rally on UN bid

The ruling Democratic Progressive Party is to hold a massive rally on September 15 to promote the government's bid to join the United Nations under the name of Taiwan and will invite President Chen Shui-bian, Vice President Annette Lu and other heavyweights to take part in the event, DPP Secretary-General Lin Chia-lung said Wednesday.
Lin said DPP presidential candidate Frank Hsieh and vice presidential candidate Su Tseng-change will also be asked to join the rally in Kaohsiung of southern Taiwan.
Lin said that the DPP's overseas branches will organize a series of activities promoting the bid next month and that on September 15, they will hold events corresponding to the Kaohsiung rally.
With the Kaohsiung rally expected to draw 500,000 participants, the global turnout will top 1 million, Lin said.
On US opposition to the planned referendum on the UN bid, Lin said that Taiwan "stands on the side of justice" and the DPP will show the international community that joining the United Nations is the common desire of the Taiwan people.
According to Lin, the recent remarks by US Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte opposing the referendum had made the DPP cling even firmer to its resolve to promote the referendum and the UN bid.
Lin said that while the United States claims to be the world's greatest democratic country, Negroponte's remarks are humiliating not to Taiwan but to America's founding spirit.
Lin said it is ridiculous that two democracies are now quarreling over the issue of holding a referendum and allowing totalitarian China to benefit from the fight.
Lin urged the United States not to make any compromises to China at the expense of Taiwan.
During an interview on Hong Kong-based Phoenix Star TV Monday, Negroponte said the United States is opposed to the UN bid referendum because Washington sees it as a step "towards a declaration of independence of Taiwan" and "towards an alteration of the status quo."


Updated : 2021-03-03 17:46 GMT+08:00