Fri, Dec 17, 2004 - Page 3 News List

Annette Lu warns of China's `peace'

CNA , TAIPEI

Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) yesterday urged the international community to see beyond what she called the "fake peace" offered by China.

While continuing its military threats against Taiwan, Lu said, China had plans for an "anti-separatism" law which would be used to justify an invasion.

Lu was speaking at the 10th Taipei Roundtable co-organized by the Chinatrust Commercial Bank and the US-based Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Lu said that although China has advocated a "peaceful rise," the international community should recognize the "fake peace" of China and the "true peace" of Taiwan.

It was China's strategy to use its economic and cultural power to force US influence out of Asia under a mask of peace, Lu said.

In addition to using its military power to intimidate the public, China is carrying out legal, psychological and media warfare against Taiwan and has sent several thousand secret agents into the country, she said.

Lu also asserted that Taiwan was a de facto independent country, regardless of what name is used to represent it.

She called the international community's attention to a new national identity among Taiwanese which wished for a release from the "one-China spell." This identification had been established over three decades of localization and democratic development, she said.

Lu urged the US to review its "one China" policy and expressed the hope that cross-strait relations could be normalized soon.

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