In an interview with CNN yesterday, KMT Chairman Lien Chan (
Taiwan's bid to gain observer status at the World Health Assembly (WHA) was rejected for a seventh time on Monday thanks to an unprecedented effort led by China's Vice Premier and Minister of Health Wu Yi (
In the interview with CNN reporter Mike Chinoy, Lien said that China's move to block Taiwan from the international health body had hurt the feelings of the Taiwanese.
In recounting Lien's remarks made during the half-hour interview at KMT headquarters, party spokesman Alex Tsai (
Noting that SARS is a problem not just for Taiwan but also for the international community, Lien said the two sides of the Strait should respect each other and work together to fight this common threat.
"It is a new era with new challenges surfacing. We hope that Hu Jintao (胡錦濤), being China's new leader, would muster new courage and adopt a new mind-set when tackling these events," Tsai quoted Lien as saying.
China completed a leadership transition in mid-March during which Hu assumed the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party and the presidency of China.
When asked to comment on the Chen Shui-bian (
Nonetheless, Lien said that, given the DPP administration's lack of experience, it acted in somewhat of a frenzy and state of confusion in the early stages of the outbreak.
"We hope the government will soon get its act together in the fight against the disease," Lien said.
When asked if SARS would impact his presidential campaign, Lien said the disease is a separate issue and stressed that fighting the outbreak is a task that must be carried out regardless of party affiliation.
Lien will run for president in next year's elections.