Lien trip starts off with protests, TAO welcome

Lien visit sends wrong mes­sage, is against so­cial per­cep­tions: Tsai

The China Post - - FRONT PAGE - BY STEPHANIE CHAO

For­mer Vice Pres­i­dent Lien Chan ( ) was wel­comed by Zhang Zhi­jun ( ) , head of China's Tai­wan Af­fairs Of­fice ( TAO, ) yesterday upon his ar­rival at the Bei­jing Ho­tel.

Lien is sched­uled to visit the Diaoyu­tai State Guest House to­day to meet with Yu Zhengsheng, chair­man of the Chi­nese Peo­ple's Po­lit­i­cal Con­sul­ta­tive Con­fer­ence.

Ac­com­pa­ny­ing Lien to the ho­tel was his wife, Lien Fangyu ( ), New Party Chair­man Yu Mu- ming ( ) , for­mer Kuom­intang (KMT) Vice Chair­man Lin Feng-cheng ( ), and Ting Yuan-chao ( ), the di­rec­tor of Lien’s of­fice.

Lien’s aide Chang Jung-kung ( ) bore the brunt of protests prior to the trip, which is to in­clude talks with main­land Chi­nese leader Xi Jin­ping (

) and at­ten­dance at a main­land mil­i­tary pa­rade.

Press rep­re­sen­ta­tives and protesters sur­rounded Chang in a ter­mi­nal at Tai­wan Taoyuan In­ter­na­tional Air­port, as Lien did not take part in in­ter­views be­fore board­ing the plane that would take him and his team to China.

A pro­tester draped a ban­ner with slo­gans printed on it over Chang, while another pro­tester threw a shoe at the aide. The shoe did not in­jure Chang.

Chang strove to em­pha­size the main points that Lien will cover in talks with Xi: “rec­i­proc­ity and dig­nity.”

“The com­mem­o­ra­tion pa­rade is an im­por­tant event for the Chi­nese na­tion, and is also held at the in­ter­na­tional level” Chang said. “We will make ap­pro­pri­ate state­ments at the event.”

“China has its own his­tor­i­cal ac­count of the war against the Ja­panese forces in World War II. Di­a­logue would be a bet­ter ap­proach than re­leas­ing op­pos­ing state­ments,” Chang stated.

Re­spond­ing to Pres­i­dent Ma’s dis­ap­proval, which was ex­pressed yesterday, Chang main­tained that “both sides could achieve the same goals,” to em­power Tai­wan, “but through dif­fer­ent meth­ods.”

The mil­i­tary pa­rade, which Lien will at­tend on Sept. 3, is held in cel­e­bra­tion of the end of World War II. Lien will also meet with Xi on Sept. 1.

The Wrong Mes­sage: Tsai

Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party (DPP) pres­i­den­tial can­di­date and Chair­woman Tsai Ing-wen (

) stated her own dis­ap­proval of Lien’s at­ten­dance at China’s mil­i­tary pa­rade dur­ing an elec­tion rally event held by her sup­port­ers in the den­tistry in­dus­try.

“It goes against the Tai­wanese peo­ple’s so­cial per­cep­tions,” Tsai said, de­nounc­ing the for­mer Re­pub­lic of China vice pres­i­dent for his ac­tions. She also stated how Lien’s at­ten­dance could send the “wrong mes­sages” to other coun­tries.

Cit­ing the dif­fer­ing in­ter­pre­ta­tion of his­tor­i­cal events be­tween the main­land and Tai­wan as the main rea­son for the de­bate over at­tend­ing China’s com­mem­o­ra­tion pa­rade, Tsai also stated that main­land China has yet to give up the threat of mil­i­tary ac­tion against Tai­wan.

Apart from hold­ing the mil­i­tary pa­rade event, the DPP pres­i­den- tial hope­ful also im­plored China to heed neigh­bor­ing Asian coun­tries’ ex­pec­ta­tions of re­gional peace and se­cu­rity.

Tsai ex­pressed her hopes of see­ing China re­al­ize that all coun­tries in the re­gion should “take the re­spon­si­bil­ity” for safety and peace.

KMT Chair­man and New Taipei City Mayor Eric Chu ( ) side- stepped DPP New Taipei City coun­cil­lors’ ques­tions over how the KMT lacked “ag­gres­sive meth­ods” to stop Lien at­tend­ing the mil­i­tary pa­rade.

Chu sim­ply re­buffed the ques­tions, ask­ing “Do I have to re­spond to each coun­cil­lor’s state­ments?”

CNA

For­mer Vice Pres­i­dent Lien Chan ( ), left, is greeted by Zhang Zhi­jun (

), head of China's Tai­wan Af­fairs Of­fice ( ), in Bei­jing, yesterday. Lien will stress the prin­ci­ples of rec­i­proc­ity and dig­nity dur­ing his trip to the main­land, a Lien aide said.

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