Sun, Dec 19, 2004 - Page 3 News List

China's new law blasted by activists

DEFENSE Beijing's moves to draft an anti-secession law could be counter-balanced if Taiwan has the political will to reform the Constitution, activists argue

By Jimmy Chuang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Taiwan New Century Foundation President Chen Lung-chu, right, yesterday speaks with former Security Council Advisor Su Chin-chiang, left, and professor of the Graduate Institute of Political Science, Hung Lu-Shing during the opening ceremony of the ``New Vision for Cross-Strait Security'' symposium.

PHOTO: LIU HSING-TEH, TAIPEI TIMES

Local pro-Taiwan independence activists yesterday said that China is the troublemaker in the Taiwan Strait and suggested a new Constitution as a response to China's drafting the "Anti-independence Law," a secession law that could provide the legal basis for using force against Taiwan.

"We actually do not have to worry about that too much because it is China's law, not ours. And their law enforcement offices do not have jurisdiction in Taiwan," said Chen Lung-chu (陳隆志), president and CEO of the Taiwan New Century Foundation (台灣新世紀文教基金會).

According to Chen, China's drafting of the "Anti-independence Law" is to legalize its potential military strikes against Taiwan in the future. However, he also said that China's new law is only effective within its own territory. Taiwan has never been a part of its territory, so no matter what law it uses, it is useless.

Chen made his remarks yesterday at the beginning of a seminar organized by the foundation. He said that the Taiwanese people should actually respect China's establishment of the new law.

"The real relationship between us [Beijing and Taipei] should be to respect each other and help each other. However, unfortunately they [China] never give up using force against Taiwan, although we have more than once tried to show our sincerity," Chen said.

"We are two different countries. Taiwan is an independent country. This is a fact and it is very clear," he continued. Former National Security Council senior advisor and former Taiwan Solidarity Union secretary-general Su Chin-chiang (蘇進強) also echoed Chen's remarks at the seminar.

"What we need is constructive and cooperative thoughts and attitudes, instead of challenging each other like this," Su said.

In the meantime, Su also endorsed the pan-green camp's idea to draft a new Constitution in 2006.

"A new Constitution will protect our country," Su said. "Our current Constitution was drafted in China for Chinese people. However, we do not own that soil any more and we need something for Taiwanese people, not the Chinese."

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