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Chen rejection not payback: Hsieh

NO CONNECTION The premier insisted there was no relation between the rejection of a Chinese official's visit and Beijing's nixing of Wang Jin-pyng's APEC trip

By Jimmy Chuang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Premier Frank Hsieh (謝長廷) yesterday said that the government's rejection of China's Taiwan affairs policymaker Chen Yunlin's (陳雲林) application to visit Taiwan had nothing to do with the Chinese government's refusal to let Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) attend the APEC leaders' summit.

"It is my understanding that Chen's application was declined because the Chinese government did not want to negotiate with us," Hsieh said.

Hsieh's comments came after President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) made remarks at a campaign rally in Hsinchuang City (新莊市), Taipei County, on Friday night.

"Now that the Chinese government has been boycotting our envoy, Speaker Wang Jin-pyng ... Chen Yunlin shouldn't even think about setting foot on Taiwanese soil," Chen Shui-bian said.

When asked to comment on the president's remarks, the premier said, "I do not really know what happened during that campaign activity on Friday night, but I am quite sure that the president had his purposes for saying that. But, really, these two issues are not related to each other at all."

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman and Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) yesterday said he was sorry to see the government's decision to decline Chen Yunlin's entry application.

Ma said that to break the cross-strait deadlock, one side must first show its sincere and friendly attitude first.

Ma said Taiwan should keep trying to move forward in cross-strait relations, because the relationship between Beijing and Taipei is not the same as what it was a decade ago.

"We should not show our ugly face toward our counterparts just because they showed their ugly face toward us first. In the long run, I think the deadlocked relationship across the Strait is not doing Taiwan any good," Ma said.

Chen Yunlin was invited by the KMT to attend a "party-to-party" forum, which is going to be held next month.

Critics described the invitation as the opposition parties' attempt to usurp the government's authority.

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