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Lien Chan prefers KMT rally instead of March 26 parade

STAFF WRITER , WITH CNA

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Lien Chan (連戰) yesterday said the Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) plan to oppose China's "anti-secession" law through a March 26 rally was not the way to bring about peaceful cross-strait relations.

"The public taking to the streets on March 26 will not change anything. What's more important now is for China and Taiwan to resume talks," said Lien yesterday during a meeting with former DPP chairman Hsu Hsin-liang (許信良).

Responding to the DPP appeal to the public, Lien said he would not attend the march.

Instead, he would join a March 19 rally initiated by the KMT to find out the "truth" about the attempted assassination of the president.

"We will voice our opposition against China's legislation at that rally on Saturday, which aims to ask for the truth behind the March 19 shooting," he said.

"The rally, which will ask for truth, democracy and peace, represents our solution to the differences between China and Taiwan," he said.

According to a KMT member who attended the meeting, Lien said that it was inappropriate for President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) to liken Taiwan to Hong Kong.

Taiwan enjoys political sovereignty. Hong Kong, however, is a former colony of the British, Lien said during the meeting.

Reacting to the passage of Beijing's anti-secession law, members of the pan-blue camp said that holding to the Constitution and the name and concept of the "Republic of China" was the best way for Taiwan to avoid escalating cross-strait tension and provoking China.

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