US President George W. Bush's re-election will be beneficial to the consolidation of Taipei-Washington relations and US support for Taiwan, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) officials said yesterday.
Lee Chun-yi (
The arms sales package to Taiwan, approved by Bush in his first term, will remain the most important policy of the US toward Taiwan, Lee said.
Tsai Huang-liang (蔡煌瑯), another DPP caucus leader, said Bush has been the friendliest US president to Taiwan, which he said was shown in the privileged treatment granted by the Bush administration to President Chen Shui-bian (
According to Tsai, it is an overall diplomatic strategy of the Bush administration to contain China, and Taiwan must continue to play a balancing role in the Asia-Pacific region in the future to secure Washington's support for Taiwan.
Sharing a similar view, Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) Legislator Chen Chien-ming (
The pan-blue alliance, however, said Bush's re-election will mean heavier pressure on Chen's government, saying Bush has "drawn a red line" for cross-strait relations.
Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) caucus whip Huang Teh-fu(
People First Party (PFP) Legislator Chou Hsi-wei (
Chou urged Chen to take concrete steps to try to improve relations with both the US and China instead of paying lip service.
TSU Chairman Huang Chu-wen (
Saying the results of the election have been decided upon by the people, Huang asked the alliance to stop wasting social resources on meaningless legal processes.
KMT spokesman Chang Jung-kung (
Without the interference of an election-eve shooting of Chen and other irregularities, the results of the US election are definitely not as disputable as that of Taiwan's, Chang said.