President Chen Shui-bian (
"Everything he suggested is hypocritical if Tsao does not ask China to abandon its military intimidation of Taiwan, dismantle its missiles targeting Taiwan and relinquish the `one China' principle," Chen said.
The proposal is nothing more than a bid to oppose Taiwan independence and push unification with China, he said.
"It does not consider Taiwan as an independent sovereignty and advocates ultimate unification with China," Chen said. "Or he [Tsao] would not have opposed a referendum seeking independence and only favored a referendum on unification."
Those who oppose the referendum seeking Taiwan's UN membership, Chen said, are opposed to Taiwan independence and such behavior violates the divine order of Matsu, the goddess of the sea.
Chen made the remarks in response to reporters' questions as he visited a temple in Taichung yesterday morning.
Tsao made the proposal in a half-page ad he placed in four Chinese-language newspapers on Monday. He urged Democratic Progressive Party presidential candidate Frank Hsieh (謝長廷) and Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) candidate Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) to cooperate and push for cross-strait "peaceful coexistence legislation" to "completely solve the cross-strait problem and end the political wrangling within the nation."
Hsieh said on Monday that while he would make every effort to push for peace, he would not do so with his KMT rival, while Ma said he would pursue peace talks with China as long as Beijing first removed its missiles targeting Taiwan.