Mon, May 16, 2005 - Page 4 News List

KMT wants explanation

CNA , TAIPEI

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) should "tear down the wall" and explain its accusations against Chinese Nationalist Party Chairman Lien Chan (連戰) before he will agree to meet with President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁), KMT spokesman Chang Jung-kung (鄭麗文) said yesterday.

Chang was commenting on reports that Presidential Office Secretary-General Yu Shyi-kun had been in contact with KMT Secretary-General Lin Feng-cheng (林豐正) over the possibility of a meeting between Chen and Lien, whose recent visit to China has generated hope in the KMT that a real rapprochement between Taiwan and China might be around the corner.

Chang claimed that Lien is "very sincere" about meeting with Chen, who has accused him of "liaising with the Chinese communists to check Taiwan."

This and other "false" accusations have not been explained, according to Chang.

Now Chen is trying to have a "Chen-Lien rendezvous" during which Lien is supposed to explain to the president what he did in China, the spokesman said.

"This sounds like a forgiveness-begging session, hardly an indication of the ruling camp's sincerity in seeking reconciliation," Chang said.

Claiming that the ruling party's vote-winning tactics and accusations against the KMT will incur a radical response and cause social unrest, and that it is the DPP's duty to clear things up and show "genuine sincerity" before Lien will see the president, he said.

Chang also commented on Saturday's National Assembly election results, which saw the DPP ahead of the KMT in vote shares, which some pundits have interpreted as a cooling off of the "China fever" whipped up by Lien's and People First Party Chairman James Soong's (宋楚瑜) visits to China.

The turnout is an indication that the results do not reflect the public's support of political parties, Chang said.

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