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New Party, Robert Tsao call for Taiwan to become war-free zone

New Party, Robert Tsao call for Taiwan to become war-free zone

The small pro-unification New Party and the honorary chairman of a chip giant want to declare Taiwan a war-free zone, the local Chinese-language United Evening News reported yesterday.
The initiative came on the eve of today's 50th anniversary of the start of a 44-day artillery bombardment of the island of Kinmen near the coast of China's Fujian Province by communist forces.
The New Party placed a newspaper ad yesterday calling for a war-free zone and cuts in the defense budget. At the same time, Robert Tsao (曹興誠), the honorary chairman of United Microelectronics Corporation, the world's second-biggest contract chipmaker, was planning to establish a peace foundation next month to advocate similar ideas, the paper said.
Taiwan should stop buying sophisticated weapons systems and even abolish its navy and air force, New Party chairman Yok Mu-ming (郁慕明) told the paper. The government wants to buy US$11 billion worth of weapons systems from the United States, but the New Party says the island has no money.
The New Party leader also questioned the Taiwanese people's will to fight.
"Young people don't want to serve in the military and don't want to fight wars," the newspaper quoted Yok as saying. "Military camps have air conditioning, and when it's too hot, they cancel the drills."
Yok denied he was advocating defeatism. Funds were needed for more useful purposes such as social welfare and technology research, he said.
Opposition Democratic Progressive Party spokesman Cheng Wen-tsang (鄭文燦) said Yok's arguments were not logical. The stronger side should be asked to cut its defense budget and dismantle its arms first, he said.


Updated : 2021-03-02 00:57 GMT+08:00