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Safeguarding sovereignty is a ‘non-issue,’ Shih says

By Shih Hsiu-Chuan  /  STAFF REPORTER

The government yesterday described safeguarding the country’s sovereignty, one of the main issues motivating tomorrow’s rally to be staged by the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and several pro-independence groups, as a “non-issue,” saying the protest would “consume Taiwan’s strength.”

Executive Yuan Spokeswoman Vanessa Shih (史亞平) made the remarks at a press conference held after the weekly Cabinet meeting.

The DPP and the Taiwan Solidarity Union are set to protest against President Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) administration’s cross-strait policies in a rally tomorrow.

Shih said the government opposes the import of sub-standard products from China and has included the food safety issue on the agenda of the new round of cross-strait negotiations.

Shih said that safeguarding the nation’s sovereignty was a “non-issue” because it “has no substantial content,” adding that the Executive Yuan does not want to see any “ideological confrontation” as it would “consume Taiwan’s strength.”

In related news, DPP spokesman Cheng Wen-tsang (鄭文燦) said yesterday the party had received a letter containing a death threat against former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁), warning Chen not to attend the rally.

The letter, addressed to DPP Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), contained a bullet and was signed “Mr Wang.”

The letter has been sent to National Police Agency Director-General Wang Cho-chiun (王卓鈞).

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