Fri, Jun 10, 2005 - Page 2 News List

Lu warns women's groups to beware `united front' ploy

By Huang Tai-lin  /  STAFF REPORTER

Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) yesterday called on the nation's women's groups to be wary of Chinese "united front" tactics following recent requests for data from their Chinese counterparts.

Lu was referring to requests recently faxed to the women's groups from the National Chinese Women's United Association asking for information or photos documenting their participation in the 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women, which was held in Beijing.

The association said the information would be used for an exhibition it is planning for later this year to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the 1995 conference.

Lu had asked the Ministry of the Interior's Department of Social Affairs to scrutinize the event so that local women's groups would not, in submitting any information, "unknowingly be included as China's women's groups."

The ministry subsequently issued letters to women's groups suggesting that "it is inappropriate" to send information to the association.

DPU meeting

In other news, Lu will today address participants at the Asia-Pacific regional meeting of the Democratic Pacific Union (DPU) in Tokyo via teleconference.

The DPU is Lu's brainchild and aims to serve as a platform for personnel and resource exchanges around the Pacific Rim.

Today's meeting, jointly organized by the Taiwan-based DPU Coordinating Office and the Japan-Taiwan Parliamentary Amity Association, is expected to be attended by more than 100 lawmakers and representatives from Taiwan, South Korea, the Philippines, New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia and Malaysia.

Chaired by Lu and Takeo Hiranuma, head of a pro-Taiwan parliamentary group in the Japanese Diet, the meeting will focus on "Asian civilization" and technological developments.

Lu had previously said that she would address the meeting via teleconference instead of traveling to Japan in person in order not to place undue pressure on the Japanese government.

The DPU will be formally established in Taipei on Aug. 14, which will coincide with the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II.

Members of the political and academic spheres as well as representatives of civic groups from more than 20 countries will attend the organization's inauguration, Lu said.

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