Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) yesterday declared once again Taiwan is an ocean state, not just an island state, as she visited Tungsha island which sits 444km southwest of Kaohsiung.
\n"The ROC on Taiwan is an ocean state, not just an island state. The ocean is very important for the development of Taiwan. Taiwan is a country which develops on the basis of the ocean's resources," Lu said.
\nLu made the declaration yesterday as she visited the Tungsha island on behalf of President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁).
\nLu also took advantage of the occasion to echo President Chen's New Year's address to the country, in which Chen reiterated "the new middle route" as the guideline for the government's cross-strait policy.
\n"The point now is not to question whether the president means what he says. What should be questioned is whether China is willing to renounce the use of force against Taiwan," she said.
\nMinister of the Interior Yu Cheng-hsien (
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