Tue, Aug 08, 2006 - Page 3 News List

Chad flap won't nix policies, official says

SAME PRINCIPLES A spokesman said that the government's goals in cross-strait policy would not change, after a report claimed the Cabinet would tighten economic policies

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  STAFF REPORTER

The rupture of diplomatic relations with Chad as a result of China's diplomatic suppression of Taiwan will not change the goals the government has been pursuing when making cross-strait policy -- protecting national interests, defending Taiwan's sovereignty and upholding cross-strait peace, government spokesman Cheng Wen-tsang (鄭文燦) said yesterday.

Cheng made the remarks when asked to comment on a report in yesterday's Chinese-language China Times, which quoted an anonymous Cabinet source as saying that Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) will tighten cross-strait economic and trade policy in the aftermath of the Chad setback.

The report said that the opening of Taiwan to Chinese tourists and the move to allow exchange of the Chinese yuan in Taiwan proper would be the first things to suffer.

In comparison with President Chen Shui-bian's (陳水扁) announcement earlier this year related to tightening cross-strait policy, Su has been viewed as having a somewhat moderate stance on the expansion of cross-strait trade and economic activity.

In light of a split on cross-strait policy between Chen and Su, the media have created the term "Su revisionism" to describe the premier's perspective on cross-strait relations.

Cheng said that it was not the case that "Su revisionism" would be influenced by the Chad matter as "Su revisionism" never existed.

While saying the principles of the Cabinet's cross-strait policy would remain the same, Cheng refused to comment on whether the expansion policies which the Cabinet had been considering would be deferred as a result of China's diplomatic maneuvering.

Cheng said that the impact of the severance of diplomatic ties with Chad on the implementation of opening policies would depend on the government's assessment of the recent domestic political situation and that of the international community.

"The Chad matter will not be a one-off as China's efforts to contain Taiwan continue on all fronts, and they will carry on hurting Taiwan," the spokesman said.

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