Wed, Oct 10, 2007 - Page 3 News List

Siew's speech to businessmen in US `shameful': Shieh

DEMOCRACY DOUBTS The KMT vice presidential candidate said the DPP administration had made Taiwanese unsure about democracy's capabilities


Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) vice presidential candidate Vincent Siew (蕭萬長) has "disgraced" the nation as a democracy by portraying the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) government as a troublemaker, Cabinet Spokesman Shieh Jhy-wey (謝志偉) said yesterday.

In a speech delivered at the US-Taiwan Business Council in Washington last weekend, Siew said the DPP was incompetent and had made an increasing number of Taiwanese skeptical about whether democracy could resolve the social and political problems facing the nation, Shieh said.

"Doesn't this kind of accusation echo the rhetoric of Chinese leaders?" Shieh asked.

If Siew doubts the value of democracy, he should bow out of the presidential race, Shieh said.

Shieh also criticized Siew for alleging that the DPP administration had caused Taiwan to be seen by the international community as a "troublemaker," calling Siew's statement a "nasty and shameful accusation."

Siew left Taipei last Monday for a visit to the US and Canada as part of his campaign tour.

His speech at the US-Taiwan Business Council, which groups US companies with business interests in Taiwan, was titled "Marching Toward a Strong, Steady and Positive Taiwan."

Shieh said Siew had shown a lack of courage by failing to state the nation's title, which he said was inconsistent with KMT policy.

"The KMT is always claiming to be the faithful guardian of the `Republic of China' [ROC]. So why didn't Siew refer to our country by the official title treasured by the KMT?" Shieh said.

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