Tue, Mar 15, 2005 - Page 1 News List

MAC blasts law as an `irrational act'

HARSH CRITICISM Taiwan's officials said an apology and concrete gestures from China were needed to salvage cross-strait relations after it passed the `anti-secession' law

By Joy Su  /  STAFF REPORTER WITH AFP AND AP

"The attempt to deal with the issue through non-peaceful measures has already flagrantly trampled all over the Charter of the United Nations and the United Nations' Joint Pledge for International Human Rights," Wu said, saying he hoped that the US would continue to display strong opposition to the bill.

The council reiterated yesterday that the legislation could provide "a blank check for the Chinese People's Liberation Army to use any measure to annex Taiwan."

Both the Presidential Office and the Cabinet kept a low profile yesterday, refraining from making public remarks and leaving the official response to the council.

A meeting however was convened by National Security Council Secretary-General Chiou I-jen (邱義仁) yesterday morning during which issues relating to China's legislation are believed to have been the centerpiece of deliberations. The president also met with high-ranking government and political leaders in the Presidential Office to discuss related issues.

Additional reporting by Huang Tai-lin

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