Former president Lee Teng-hui (
The event's organizer, the Hand-in-Hand Taiwan Alliance, invited Lee, Examination Yuan President Yao Chia-wen (
Pro-independence campaigners at the event reiterated that it was important to create a new constitution and rectify the country's official name, saying that these two steps are the fundamental keys to solving the problem of Taiwan's national status.
Lee said in his speech that although a tangible armed force is important to Taiwan, intangible psychological defenses are also needed to resist China's psychological war.
He said that the tricks China is using in its campaign to unify with Taiwan are becoming increasingly flexible and diversified, and that the people of Taiwan cannot afford to lower their psychological defenses against China just because Beijing is seemingly offering some benefits.
"China has changed its strategies concerning Taiwan since Chinese President Hu Jintao (
Lowering tuition fees for Taiwanese students, giving away pandas and offering duty-free imports for some kinds of Taiwanese fruit are the bait that China is using to shatter people's psychological defenses, he said.
While the rest of the world was denouncing Beijing's "Anti-Secession" Law, the leaders of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT), People First Party and New Party visited China, offering themselves up as pawns to promote Beijing's policies, Lee said.
"The menace China represents to Taiwan will only increase. If we do not speed up the progress of writing a new constitution and rectifying the country's official name, Taiwan's sovereignty and national status will be jeopardized," he said.