Mon, Aug 27, 2007 - Page 3 News List

Chen says resolution best way to safeguard Taiwan

By Ko Shu-ling  /  STAFF REPORTER , IN SAN SALVADOR

President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) on Saturday expressed his hope to see the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) pass the "normal country resolution," saying it was the best defense for Taiwan.

Chen, however, said that the historic document needs refining. The DPP's Central Executive Committee is scheduled to discuss and pass the resolution on Thursday.

The proposal has received a mixed response from party members, with DPP presidential candidate Frank Hsieh (謝長廷) saying that he supports passing the proposal but has problems with the content.

Chen is in Central America for a nine-day visit.

To protect Taiwan and prevent it from being incorporated by China, Chen said he was in favor of passing a resolution aimed at turning Taiwan into a more normal country.

On the "state affairs fund" case involving first lady Wu Shu-jen (吳淑珍), Chen ridiculed the court ruling in the embezzlement case of Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) presidential candidate Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) as "genius."

Chen said that it was an oxymoron to say that the president's "state affairs fund" was not a special allowance because the president was the country's first government official receiving such funds.

Regarding the Olympic torch, Chen said that the best-case scenario would be to see the torch come to Taiwan while the nation's sovereignty is upheld. As the matter is still being negotiated, Chen said his stance was clear: He cannot accept having the Olympic torch come to Taiwan at the expense of the country's sovereignty.

Chen, said that the presidential election will be a competition between the "sincere Taiwan twosome" and the "one China duo."

It will also be a choice between "two five stars" and "one four star," citing an assessment in Global Views (遠見雜誌) magazine in 2005.

The Chinese-language business monthly gave Hsieh a five-star rating for his performance as Kaohsiung mayor and former premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌), Hsieh's running mate, five stars for his performance during his term as Taipei County commissioner. Ma received four stars for his performance as Taipei mayor.

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