Mon, Mar 20, 2006 - Page 3 News List

Presidential Office trashes Ma's `China opposition' claims

By Ko Shu-ling  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Presidential Office yesterday dismissed Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Ma Ying-jeou's (馬英九) claims of having objected to China's "Anti-Secession" Law, saying that Ma's remark "challenges the people's memory and wisdom" and "tampers with historical facts."

"Exactly when and where did he say anything to criticize China's Anti-Secession Law? We are very curious to know whether he can produce any evidence to prove his argument," said Presidential Office Deputy Secretary-General Cho Jung-tai (卓榮泰).

Guts

Cho made the remarks in response to a comment made by Ma on Saturday. Ma said that he had the guts to stand up against China because he was the first Taiwanese official to voice opposition to China's Anti-Secession Law after the legislation was passed in March last year.

Cho said that in contrast to Ma's docility, President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) has stoutly opposed the Anti-Secession Law since July 2004.

"We'd like to know where Chairman Ma was during the course of time? Exactly what did he say to oppose the legislation and what message did he convey to China on behalf of the people of Taiwan?" Cho asked.

Reminder

Cho said that he wanted to remind the public that it was the opposition leaders who visited China after Beijing passed the Anti-Secession Law and the opposition parties who organized a march yesterday to denounce the president.

As Ma yesterday left for a visit to the the US, Cho called on Ma to refresh his memory on the efforts taken by the people of Taiwan to oppose the law and to truly recount the matter to the international community rather than producing a "political lie that will incur the ridicule of the international community."

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