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TSU suggests postponing UN bid referendums to avoid diaster

Taiwan Solidarity Union Chairman Huang Kun-huei called on Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng Friday, urging the speaker to flex his political muscle and postpone the two referendums on Taiwan's United Nations membership bid until after the presidential election.
Haung, whose party has promoted separating the referendums from the presidential poll, prompted Wang to convene cross-party negotiation to achieve the end through existing legal as well as political mechanisms.
Wang said he has misgivings about the referendums but doubted he is influential enough to bring about any change at this juncture.
The TSU chair said the two referendums must pass or the international community will think Taiwan people prefer unification with China and Beijing is bound to gloat over their failure and claim louder that the island is part of the Chinese territory.
On March 22, Taiwan people are due to elect a new president as well as vote on whether the country should seek to apply for UN membership under“Taiwan”or the Republic of China and any other designation that best promises success.
The two referendums are proposed by the ruling Democratic Progressive Party and the Kuomintang, respectively. Neither is likely to pass in light of the high threshold for their passage and the sharp division among the public.
Huang suggested Wang, a KMT heavyweight, exert his influence and call a cross-party talk to address the issue before it is too late. He noted that with an outright majority control in the Legislature, the KMT can accomplish this alone by lowering legal requirements for referendums.
Wang said he shared his party's opinion that the referendums should not be tied to the presidential poll and blamed the DPP for the predicament. The KMT would not have joined the referendum drama in the absence of provocation, the speaker noted, adding the referendums, whatever their outcome, will hurt Taiwan.
If passed, they will raise tensions in the Taiwan Strait with Beijing bound to interpret them as attempts by Taiwan to pursue legal independence, Wang warned.
The speaker related that he tried earlier to make ruling and opposition parties sit down and jointly brainstorm a remedy, but to no avail. KMT leaders turned a cold shoulder to the idea, Wang said.

Updated : 2021-05-11 03:56 GMT+08:00