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Su livid over China's diplomatic meddling

By Jimmy Chuang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) complained yesterday that the Chinese government was constantly suppressing Taiwan after both his and President Chen Shui-bian's (陳水扁) trips to visit allies were affected.

"I can see through their [Chinese government officials'] lies ? that they would try to give Taiwan some breathing space in the international community," Su said.

The premier made the remarks during yesterday morning's weekly Cabinet meeting.

He accused Beijing of interfering with Taiwan's diplomatic efforts while it continued to claim that China would allow Taiwan some international leeway.

"As I see it, [Chinese officials] never cease trying to find ways to oppress us in every sense," Su said. "We should stop dreaming that they will ever compromise with us."

The premier complained about his planned trip to Haiti, which eventually had to be canceled because of the Chinese government's interference. He said that his job was to be the president's envoy and attend the inauguration of Haiti's new president.

It was totally reasonable, legal and Taiwan's right to express its best wishes to the new president of Taiwan's ally, he said. However, the Chinese government took advantage of its seat at the UN and threatened Haiti with the withdrawal of UN peacekeeping troops.

"[Chinese officials] have no right to interfere with my trip because it is my freedom to visit Taiwan's friends any place, any time," Su said.

As for the president's trip to Costa Rica, Su said that it was because of pressure from the Chinese government that the US government had remained so low-profile on the issue, which had alsocaused the president's trip to be delayed by one day.

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