Calling the Chinese Nationalist Party's (KMT) visit to China a "trip of surrender," the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislative caucus yesterday said although the trip may usher in a "third round" of cooperation between the KMT and Chinese Communist Party (CCP), the visit will achieve nothing for the Taiwanese people.
The DPP was referring to two previous periods of KMT-CCP cooperation in China, in the 1920s and during World War II, when the parties formed a nominal alliance against the Japanese.
The KMT delegation, which left for China yesterday, is headed by KMT Vice Chairman Chiang Pin-kun (
DPP caucus whip Chen Chin-jun (
"Chiang does not have the right to negotiate with the Chinese government about any topic on behalf of the government or the people of Taiwan," he said.
Another DPP caucus whip, Lai Ching-teh (賴清德), said that the trip will achieve nothing for the Taiwanese people, but will actually help alleviate the pressure they put on China through their strong opposition to the "Anti-Secession" Law at Saturday's march.
"I am calling on the KMT delegation not to seek individual or partisan interest at the expense of the welfare of the Taiwanese people," Lai said.
In addition to condemning Chiang's behavior as "ignorant," Lai called Lien "stupid" and Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou (
Lai was referring to Lien's echoing of Chinese leaders' justifications for enacting the Anti-Secession Law.
Lai said that Ma not only refused the organizer's request to use the square in front of the Presidential Office for Saturday's march, but also undercounted the number of participants.
Lai said that Ma's claim that there were only 275,000 people at the march was an attempt to manipulate the figures reported by the media.
Lai also called on KMT Chairman Lien Chan (
"It's time that all political parties work together for the sake of the national interest and welfare of the Taiwanese people in the face of China's threat," Lai said. He added that the time is ripe for a second meeting between Chen and Soong.
In response, KMT caucus whip Chen Chieh (
"I condemn and protest the DPP's shameless remarks, which I believe result from their jealousy over our ability to do something for the country," he said.
He said the KMT's stance on cross-strait relations was to facilitate peaceful developments between the two sides. He dismissed Lai's call for a meeting between Lien and the president, saying that the timing is not right and that he will not advise Lien to meet with Chen.
The KMT and the Chinese Communist Party first formed a strategic front in January 1924 when the Communists were allowed to join the KMT.
That move broadened the party's ranks from its socially elite core to include blue-collar workers and socialists.
Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek (
The two parties began the second attempt at cooperation in 1937 in the face of the Japanese invasion.
That nominal alliance -- plagued by infighting throughout World War II -- ended in 1945 with the Japanese surrender.
A public health expert yesterday warned that too many people are meeting in small groups in coffee shops and restaurants without keeping a proper distance from one another, as he urged the government to loosen the criteria for testing young Taiwanese returning from abroad for COVID-19. People need to keep a social distance of at least 2m, National Taiwan University (NTU) College of Public Health dean Chan Chang-chuan (詹長權) said as the college presented its seventh weekly report on COVID-19 at a morning news conference. More than 300,000 confirmed cases of the virus have been reported in more than three-quarters of all
TWEET CONFIRMED: The US’ Morgan Ortagus backed up Taiwan, saying China only admitted that human-to-human transmission was possible as late as Jan. 20 Taiwan warned the WHO and China about possible human-to-human transmission of the new coronavirus at the end of last year, but the global health body did not make it public, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said yesterday. Department of International Organizations Director-General Bob Chen (陳龍錦) made the remark at a news briefing in Taipei, when asked about statements made by US Department of State spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus. “Dec. 31— that’s the same day Taiwan first tried to warn WHO of human-human transmission. Chinese authorities meanwhile silenced doctors and refused to admit human-human transmission until Jan. 20, with catastrophic consequences,” Ortagus wrote on
MORE CASES EXPECTED: Many young Taiwanese would be returning home over the next two weeks, as schools in many nations closed, the health minister said Twenty-six new COVID-19 cases were confirmed yesterday, including five clusters, and all but one were imported, bringing Taiwan’s total number to 195, as border controls and home quarantine measures prove their effectiveness, the head of the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said. Twelve of the new cases were in people tested at airports upon their return, 11 were in people under home quarantine and two were people who tested positive after seeking medical treatment, Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who heads the center, said at its daily news conference. “The new domestic case is a woman who lives with
ON THE LOOKOUT: A Lockheed EP-3 reconnaissance plane was yesterday seen flying southwest of Kaohsiung, according to Twitter account ‘Aircraft Spots’ A Twitter account that tracks military aircraft movements has indicated an increase in US military activity near Taiwan, coinciding with an increase in Chinese military activity in the area. Planes from the US Seventh Fleet have been sighted frequently above the South China Sea in the past several days, and a US Navy EP-3 reconnaissance plane was seen flying close to Taiwanese airspace southwest of Kaohsiung yesterday, according to posts by the Twitter account Aircraft Spots. The EP-3 was seen circling above the same area, Aircraft Spots said, adding that other planes from the fleet were seen in the past few days