KMT crit­i­cizes Tsai for her ‘rent-a-mob pol­i­tics’

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY STEPHANIE CHAO

Kuom­intang ( KMT) cau­cus mem­bers yesterday la­beled Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party ( DPP) Chair­woman Tsai Ing-wen’s (

) “rent-a-mob” an anti-demo­cratic av­enue of cam­paign­ing, cit­ing an ar­ti­cle writ­ten by Dennis V. Hickey in “The Diplo­mat.”

The KMT claim that Tsai and the DPP have paid mem­bers of the public to take part in protests on be­half of the DPP and at­tend po­lit­i­cal events. KMT law­maker Lin Te-fu ( ) com­pared the DPP’s ac­tion dur­ing the anti-cur­ricu­lum guide­line protests with the meth­ods of Mid­dle East ex­trem­ists, and ex­pressed his con­cern that Tai­wan could be in­flu­enced by “ISism.”

“We hope the DPP will re­flect on their anti-demo­cratic ac­tions, and what they should be striv­ing for in the fu­ture,” Lin im­plored.

The cau­cus said that Tai­wanese cit­i­zens should vote for KMT pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Hung Hsi­uchu ( ) oth­er­wise Tai­wan will sim­i­larly head to­wards ISism as well.

The Diplo­mat ar­ti­cle, writ­ten by Dennis V. Hickey and pub­lished Aug. 5, im­plored the U.S. to re­visit its poli­cies with Tai­wan, call­ing the fun­da­men­tals of the ties be­tween the two coun­tries out of date since have been no changes since the 1970s.

Fur­ther­more, Hickey cited a 2014 poll that sug­gested 71 per­cent of the Amer­i­can public op­pose send­ing troops to de­fend Tai­wan if it is at­tacked by China. KMT leg­is­la­tor Lee Gui-min (

) ex­plained that the low sup­port was due to the DPP’s fi­nan­cial sup­port of the Sun­flower Move­ment last year, which caused po­lar­ity within Tai­wan and drew con­cerns from the U.S.

Lin stated that Tsai’s cur­rent po­lit­i­cal “ma­nip­u­la­tions” re­flect her fu­ture plans to see a law­ful, in­de­pen­dent Tai­wan, but that the U.S.’ con­cerns over the DPP were not ironed out dur­ing her visit in June.

“They (the DPP) are anti-democ­racy. The DPP has de­stroyed democ­racy,” Lin said, pro­vid­ing ex­am­ples, such as the DPP hand­ing out “um­brel­las” dur­ing the anti- cur­ricu­lum protests, and sup­port­ing the Leg­isla­tive Yuan oc­cu­pa­tion dur­ing the Sun­flower Move­ment.

“This is why

in

Hickey’s

ar- ticle, he stated that the U.S. still has con­cerns about the DPP, and whether the DPP has given up on democ­racy,” Lee said, back­ing up Lin’s state­ment.

KMT can­di­date Hung also ex­pressed her thoughts on the mat­ter, stat­ing that Hickey’s views of her show that Tsai’s U.S. visit was a fail­ure.

A Re­mark­able Piece

of Work: DPP

DPP spokesman Cheng Yun­peng ( ) re­sponded by at­tack­ing the ar­ti­cle’s cred­i­bil­ity, say­ing many of the ar­gu­ments “were ex­treme, and di­verged from U.S. gov­ern­ment pol­icy and com­mon sense.”

“It is sur­pris­ing that the KMT used this ar­ti­cle to back up their ar­gu­ment, defin­ing our own cit­i­zens as mobs, com­par­ing Tai­wan’s democ­racy to Mid­dle Eastern ex­trem­ism and even telling vot­ers that if they do not vote for Hung, Tai­wan will be­come ‘ IS- ized,’” Cheng stated.

Cheng opined that Tsai’s stance of main­tain­ing the sta­tus quo earned her sup­port not only in Tai­wan, but also from many in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed cross- strait ex­perts.

Sar­cas­ti­cally re­fer­ring to Hickey’s ar­ti­cle as a “re­mark­able piece of work,” Cheng said the fact the KMT cited it is a blow to their own cam­paign.

The KMT chair­man of the Leg­is­la­ture’s Cul­ture and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions ( ), Lin Yi-hua (

) how­ever, said that Hickey’s ar­gu­ments were “log­i­cal,” and ex­pressed his sur­prise at the DPP’s re­ac­tion. “Hickey is re­garded as an ex­pert on cross- strait mat­ters in the U.S.,” Lin said. “The KMT re­spects aca­demics’ point of view.”

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