Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) exhorted members of the Overseas Chinese Affairs Commission (OCAC) yesterday to make the most of their good relations with communities around the globe to establish "Taiwan friends associations" in all major cities.
Addressing the opening of the 2004 annual conference of the OCAC in Taipei, Lu urged OCAC members to help optimize Taiwan's diplomatic efforts by tying overseas Chinese affairs to the diplomatic front.
Lu said that all Taiwanese should feel proud and fortunate to be Taiwanese. Although Taiwan is geographically small, she went on, the country is big in terms of global competitiveness, economic growth, export capacity and women's participation in politics.
Taiwan is too strategically important to let go from China, which has for long schemed to build itself into a new Chinese empire -- a giant map that would include Taiwan, Lu said.
Lu said that Beijing has maintained a mentality of denial toward the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) government over the past four years in the belief that President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) would not be re-elected.
But a Taiwan High Court ruling Thursday that reconfirmed the validity of Chen's re-election leaves no room for Beijing to ignore the DPP any longer, Lu argued.