Thu, Dec 01, 2005 - Page 3 News List

KMT claim only they can create cross-strait peace

By Ko Shu-ling  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) legislative caucus yesterday said only a pan-blue victory in Saturday's elections can ensure peace and prosperity for Taiwan, but the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus hit back by saying the KMT will only ensure stability through surrender.

"Of course there won't be any cross-strait war if the KMT wins the elections, because they will surrender to all of China's demands," DPP caucus whip William Lai (賴清德) said. "The question is whether surrender is what the people of Taiwan really want. I believe they will make a wise choice on Saturday."

Lai made the remarks in response to claims from the KMT caucus earlier yesterday morning that Taiwan can only have a safe future and prevent a cross-strait war from breaking out if the KMT wins half of the total seats in the polls.

KMT caucus whip Pan Wei-kang (潘維剛) said the Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) administration has been pushing for independence since the transfer of power in 2000, and gradually widening the cross-strait divide.

"We are calling on the electorate to teach the DPP a lesson on Saturday and resume the cross-strait policies of the former KMT administration, which are reciprocal cross-strait exchanges and a win-win economic relationship," she said.

In other related election news, the DPP caucus requested yesterday the KMT's Taipei County commissioner candidate Chou Hsi-wei (周錫瑋) explain whether he was involved in fraudulent business transactions, which entitled him to rake in millions of NT dollars.

DPP Legislator Hsu Kuo-yung (徐國勇) said Chou's company asked a bank to issue a letter of credit to enable it to import fashion items worth 208 million Lira (US$126,560) from Italy in March 1997.

Chou later failed to pick up the shipment or pay the bank, forcing the bank to auction the items, fetching only half of the amount in return.

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