Calling Taiwan the Republic of Confusion rather than the Republic of China (ROC), the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan yesterday set forth its pro-independence position on the upcoming presidential elections but came just shy of actually specifying its support for Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁).
\n"We advocate principles and ideals," said church General Secretary Reverend William J.K. Lo (羅榮光). "People can think for themselves and decide which presidential candidate they believe draws closest to the principles we uphold."
\nThe church yesterday issued a statement in support of a presidential candidate who upholds the "one country on each side" of the Taiwan Strait principle, advocates approving a new constitution via a referendum and demonstrates integrity.
\n"No candidate is perfect, but the national leader is a symbol for the country. A leader should not use public funds for personal benefit or condone domestic violence," said Lo, referring to People First Party Chairman James Soong's (宋楚瑜) involvement in the Chung Hsing Bills Finance scandal and allegations that Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Lien Chan (連戰) physically abuses his wife.
\nIn addition, Lo also said that Taiwan's future should be decided by Taiwanese citizens via a referendum.
\n"There shouldn't be any external influences. Both the US and China have to respect Taiwan's autonomy. Launching missiles at Taiwan to influence election results stands in the way of world peace. Conducting a referendum is the most peaceful tactic," Lo said.
\n"Taiwan's national status is up in the air right now -- it's floating in the `blue' sky. Taiwan needs to come down to earth -- the `green' earth," said Lo, explaining that the pan-blue camp's interpretations of Taiwan's national status led only to confusion.
\n"It's important to note that the [church's ] statement uses the term `Taiwan's president.' The president of Taiwan has no right to oppose Taiwan's independence -- that would be like Bush opposing US independence or Chinese President Hu Jintao (
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