Tue, Aug 15, 2006 - Page 3 News List

Lee's criticism `welcome'

By Jimmy Chuang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Cabinet Spokesman Cheng Wen-tsang (鄭文燦) yesterday said that the Cabinet appreciated former president Lee Teng-hui's (李登輝) criticisms but urged the public not to misunderstand and think that government restrictions on cross-strait policies would be eased soon.

Cheng made the remark in response to reporters' questions about Lee's speech last Saturday. During a speech at the anniversary of the Taiwan Solidarity Union in Kaohsiung last Saturday, Lee criticized the government's opening toward China, saying it was not what the majority of Taiwanese citizens were expecting. However, Lee also emphasized that he was not criticizing Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) personally.

Cheng added that the Cabinet appreciated and respected Lee's comments. However, he also stressed that the 516 consensuses reached at the Conference on Sustaining Taiwan's Economic Development should not be twisted and seen as the government's move toward lifting more restrictions on cross-strait issues.

"The agreement that was reached during the conference was to prioritize investment in Taiwan and make the country stronger. It does not mean that we will be more friendly in terms of our China policies," Cheng said.

The spokesman added that the conference was held to collect more ideas through brainstorming sessions among local business groups to find solutions to help the country's economy.

"Our priority is to make our own country better, not encourage more businesspeople to take their money in Taiwan and invest it in China," Cheng said.

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