Sun, May 15, 2005 - Page 8 News List

Responding to a double sell-out

By the Liberty Times editorial

People First Party (PFP) Chairman James Soong's (宋楚瑜) visit to China was a carbon copy of Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Lien Chan's (連戰) earlier trip. Both behaved as Beijing's script dictated.

Their behavior was no different in substance -- they both identified with the concepts of "one China" and "one Chinese people."

Neither dared to bring up the name "Republic of China," let alone stress that the Republic of China is a sovereign country.

This pair of political puppets predictably made Chinese President Hu Jintao (胡錦濤) very happy and helped in his efforts to dwarf Taiwan's status.

Both the Hu-Lien communique and the Hu-Soong communique were ambiguous on Taiwan's sovereignty, but in fact are barely disguised plots to promote unification and prepare for surrender.

Lien and Soong have run in presidential elections twice, and were rejected on both occasions. During those campaigns, Lien and Soong repeatedly stated that the future of Taiwan should be decided by its 23 million people. They even got down on their hands and knees to kiss the ground in an attempt to repudiate allegations they were selling out the nation.

Now, in order to save themselves from political marginalization, Lien and Soong have dashed to Hu for help, shouting "one China" and "one Chinese people" along the way. How is such behavior different from selling out Taiwan?

The future of Taiwan should be decided by its citizens. So long as a majority of people agree, of course Taiwanese independence remains an option.

But Lien and Soong denied Taiwanese their right to choose independence by dismissing it as an option altogether. They are therefore genuine enemies of democracy and hold the people in contempt.

Since 2000, helped by an opposition majority in the legislature, Lien and Soong have repeatedly jeopardized the sovereignty and security of the nation.

They have behaved as if the public were not entitled to good governance simply because they failed in their bids to be elected president.

The defeat of Lien and Soong in last year's election demonstrated that the public's stance on sovereignty and security was not swayed by these efforts at cultivating mayhem over the past four years.

This means that as long as the president of this country holds firm to a pro-Taiwan stance, he can win the support of the majority.

This is not surprising. Taiwan is our home. People will not tolerate Lien and Soong dividing Taiwan and handing it over on a silver platter.

Unfortunately, recent events suggest that President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) has not been his usual self in standing firmly by the nation's sovereignty and security.

The combination of Lien's and Soong's agenda of havoc, Chinese threats from without and other international factors have placed a lot of pressure on Chen.

However, as a leader, he must do what is right as well as live up to his own campaign promises and stay faithful to his supporters.

This fundamental principle of democracy seems to have been thoroughly forgotten after last year's legislative elections.

When Soong and Chen issued a 10-point consensus, through which the two embraced the "Republic of China," Chen cast aside his campaign platform on name rectification and a new constitution. The only excuse offered was that they could not be accomplished.

The political change that has come over Chen has opened a Pandora's box, opening the door for Lien and Soong to do what they have always wanted to do but dare not admit -- team up with the Chinese communist regime in a gambit to revive their political fortunes. When the Chen-Soong consensus was announced, Soong immediately declared that Taiwanese independence was not an option. And there was Chen, sitting right next to him but saying nothing, as if tacitly supporting Soong's words.

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