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Premier Liu: ARATS head to be unwelcome guest if his remarks are harmful to Taiwan

A file photo of Premier Liu Chao-shiuan addressing in the Academia Sinica on Oct. 27. (file photo) Liu said in the Legislative Yuan on Oct. 28 that he...

A file photo of Premier Liu Chao-shiuan addressing in the Academia Sinica on Oct. 27. (file photo) Liu said in the Legislative Yuan on Oct. 28 that he...

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – China’s Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait (ARATS) apologized to Taiwan yesterday for the toxic milk incident. Premier Liu Chao-shiuan (劉兆玄) said in the Legislative Yuan today that he accepted the apology but he was not satisfied with the late timing. Liu said that the Taiwanese people would have appreciated the sincerity of the Chinese authorities more if they had made a clearer and more earnest apology. He also believes that ARATS Chairman Chen Yunlin will express a personal apology when he visits Taiwan.

When asked by lawmakers how the government would respond if Chen made comments harmful to Taiwan during his visit, Liu replied firmly that he would harshly condemn the remarks and take strong measures. Chen would become an unwelcome guest because of such comments, said Liu.

Liu said that the Straits Exchange Foundation had begun accepting applications for toxic milk compensation. The government would ask the Chinese government and related companies for indemnity through the SEF and the ARATS, he noted, adding that the issue of compensation will also be included in the Jiang-Chen talks to be held next week.


by Taiwan News, Website Editorial Staff


Updated : 2021-06-21 11:43 GMT+08:00