KMT mis­in­ter­pret­ing DPP draft stance: Tsai

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY SUN HSIN- HSUAN

Chair­woman and pres­i­den­tial can­di­date of the Demo­cratic Progress Party (DPP) Tsai Ing-wen ( ) yes­ter­day ac­cused the Kuom­intang (KMT) of de­lib­er­ately mis­in­ter­pret­ing the DPP’s crit­i­cism against full vol­un­tary mil­i­tary re­cruit­ment as ad­vo­cacy for the re­turn of com­pul­sory mil­i­tary ser­vice.

KMT Leg­is­la­tor Lin Yu- fang ( ) pub­licly called upon the younger gen­er­a­tions of Tai­wan yes­ter­day to vote for the KMT pres­i­den­tial can­di­date to sup­port vol­un­tary mil­i­tary ser­vice, say­ing that by vot­ing for the DPP can­di­date, one is vot­ing in fa­vor of com­pul­sory mil­i­tary ser­vice.

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In re­sponse, Tsai claimed that this is a de­lib­er­ate mis­in­ter­preta- tion, which is a mere po­lit­i­cal ges­ture with no fac­tual ba­sis. “Lin’s ap­peal to the public is un­truth­ful and in­cor­rect,” said Tsai. “It turns this se­ri­ous na­tional is­sue into an ir­ra­tional de­bate be­tween po­lit­i­cal par­ties,” she said.

“The DPP shows no ad­vo­cacy for com­pul­sory mil­i­tary ser­vice sys­tem,” added for­mer Pre­mier Frank Hsieh ( ). For­mer Pre­mier Yu Shyi-kun ( ) also said at the DPP’s Cen­tral Stand­ing Com­mit­tee yes­ter­day that “we (the DPP) had pro­moted vol­un­tary mil­i­tary ser­vice since the 2000 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, and then ad­vo­cated for the pol­icy as rul­ing party for the fol­low­ing eight years.”

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Ac­cord­ing to Tsai, the DPP de­plores the KMT’s method of pro­mot­ing a fully vol­un­teer mil­i­tary as it is not con­ducive to Tai­wan’s cur­rent sit­u­a­tion. Tsai said the DPP be­lieves Tai­wan needs to de­velop a new, im­proved mil­i­tary.

The vol­un­tary ser­vice that the KMT is about to launch is wor­ry­ing and full of faults, said Tsai. The chair­woman said that it is not only in­suf­fi­cient in re­cruit­ment, but it has also caused in­se­cu­rity and in­sta­bil­ity within the mil­i­tary.

“As I am run­ning in the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, I will con­front this is­sue se­ri­ously and won’t pre­tend that it doesn’t ex­ist,” Tsai said.

Tsai said that Tai­wan should seek to com­bine the com­pul­sory and vol­un­tary mil­i­tary ser­vice into a new sys­tem that not only en­sures na­tional se­cu­rity, but also al­lows sol­diers to connect to the out­side world while serv­ing. She said mil­i­tary train­ing is use­ful to sol­diers’ fu­ture ca­reers.

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