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Pro-independence activist Alice King supports TSU

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National policy advisor Alice King poses for reporters during a press conference in Taipei yesterday to announce the release of the Chinese translations of two of her books, which she wrote in Japanese.

PHOTO: CHEN CHENG-CHANG, TAIPEI TIMES

Long-time independence activist Alice King (金美齡) said yesterday that she supports the efforts of former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) to establish the Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU).

"No one else can lead Taiwan better than Lee," said King, a Tokyo-based national policy adviser. "I appreciate him. He is a trump card and it's a pity not to use him."

King made the comments yesterday at a press conference for her two new books. "I support the TSU, as we share the same ideology. But at the moment they haven't contacted me to stump for them," she said.

But while she supports the new political group, King said she wouldn't consider running as a legislative candidate on the TSU ticket.

"My only job is to promote interaction between Taiwan and Japan. No one can do this job better than me," she said.

King is a long-time independence advocate and was barred by the KMT government from returning to Taiwan between 1961 and 1992.

Her refusal to acknowledge herself as a citizen of the Republic of China has irritated pro-unification lawmakers, who have called for her dismissal from her government post.

King became the focus of controversy after she publicly supported Yoshinori Kobayashi, the author of a Japanese comic book On Taiwan, who was barred from visiting Taiwan in March.

In the comic book, Kobayashi claimed Taiwanese comfort women served voluntarily as sex slaves to Japanese soldiers during World War II.

King yesterday also urged Taiwanese people to support the DPP and President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) in the December elections.

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