Wed, Dec 29, 2004 - Page 3 News List

Annette Lu warns Danes of Beijing's aggression

By Huang Tai-lin  /  STAFF REPORTER

Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) yesterday asked the international community to be mindful of China's military expansion, which she said was emerging as a real threat to the entire world.

Lu made the remarks yesterday while receiving Danish People's Party chairwoman Pia Kjaersgaar and parliamentary members Preben Rudiengaard and Jens Christian Larsen of Denmark's Liberal Party at the Presidential Office.

While discussing recent cross-strait developments with her Danish guests, Lu said the number of missiles deployed along the Chinese coast will climb to more than 800 next year.

China's constant military expansion already amounted to a great threat to the world, Lu said, referring to an incident last month in which the Japanese government spotted a Chinese nuclear submarine in its territorial waters.

"The sub incident clearly suggested that China is in possession of weapons of mass destruction," Lu said. "Why are countries around the world oblivious to such incidents?"

China would pose an even greater threat to the world should the EU lift its arms embargo on China.

That said, Lu expressed the hope that Denmark, which was elected in mid-October as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, would keep a close eye on these developments in its new position.

During the visit, Lu congratulated Denmark for becoming a member of the Security Council and expressed gratitude for the establishment of a Taiwan-friendly caucus in the Danish parliament.

Denmark has always been a model for Taiwanese, Lu said, and its pluralist style of government was something that Taiwan could learn from.

Kjaersgaar said that the Taiwan-friendly caucus in the Danish parliament would help promote understanding between Taiwan and Denmark and allow more discussions on bilateral interests.

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