Wed, Mar 09, 2005 - Page 3 News List

Chen could lead protest opposing anti-secession bill

By Jewel Huang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Chiu Tai-san, vice chairman of the Mainland Affairs Council, gives the official reaction to China's draft anti-secession law in Taipei yesterday.

PHOTO: REUTERS

If China's National People's Congress (NPC) adopts the "anti-secession" law on March 14, President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) will lead the people of Taiwan in taking to the streets to voice their opposition to the legislation, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairman Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) yesterday.

Responding to China's proposed anti-secession law -- portions of which were disclosed yesterday -- the DPP denounced that law in unanimity. Su also said that the president will lead a demonstration that will dwarf the protest launched in Hong Kong on July 1, 2003, and will walk the streets to express Taiwan's outrage against the law if it is passed on Monday.

"China's anti-secession law is a bill for war, which is a step backward and sabotages peace," DPP Secretary-General Lee Yi-yang (李逸洋) said yesterday afternoon after the party's central standing committee meeting.

"The DPP's central standing committee made a resolution urging China to rein in its overbearing moves, and we vow that the DPP will never sit by and watch the status-quo of the Taiwan Strait be unilaterally changed by China," Lee said.

Lee said that the proposed anti-secession law has aroused the Taiwanese people's anger and outrage, and has also damaged the foundation of Taiwan's democracy and harmed the national interest.

"The DPP will firmly oppose this law to the end," Lee added.

The information about China's legislation that was unveiled yesterday morning included the wording that "[China] will take `non-peaceful measures and actions' if Taiwan does not unify with China or accept the `one-China' policy," DPP Deputy Secretary-General Yen Wan-ching (顏萬進) said. Therefore, it is important to correctly interpret the wording of the law and note that the phrase "non-peaceful" that Beijing used could only mean using force to attack Taiwan, Yen said.

"We can't be confused by China's wording and deceive ourselves about the law's content," Yen said. "The anti-secession law directly empowers the Chinese military to launch a war in accordance with this wording, and it is very likely that this bill will become the prelude that authorizes a conflict."

"The people of Taiwan should be united and show their firm resolve that they will never succumb to China's power," Yen added.

Yen served as deputy secretary-general of the Straits Exchange Foundation before taking the post as DPP deputy secretary-general.

The DPP will make a formal declaration in response to the anti-secession law during its provisional national convention on Saturday, Lee said.

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