Sun, Dec 21, 2008 - Page 3 News List

Groups to awaken public’s sense of Taiwanese ‘crisis’

By Rich Chang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Saying that Taiwan is now faced with a “crisis” because of regression in its economy, democracy and sovereignty, a group of pro-localization organizations yesterday said they would start a nationwide tour to “wake up the public’s sense of crisis.”

“As the result of the Chinese Nationalist Party’s [KMT] ‘absolute power and absolute out-of-control’ governance, Taiwan is now faced with a crisis of regression,” Michelle Wang (王美琇), deputy secretary-general of the Northern Taiwan Society, told a press conference in Taipei yesterday. “Only by building public consensus can there be enough power to turn Taiwan’s crisis around.”

‘THREE BIG LINKS’

Lo Chih-cheng (羅致政), Taiwan Society secretary-general, said the groups would hold a series of speeches around the country, “and let the public know that the nation’s sovereignty and security are now at risk and call on people to be aware of how the three direct links are impacting Taiwan.”

Last Monday, Taiwan and China started daily direct passenger flights, direct cargo flights and direct shipping links, also known as the “three big links.”

On direct air links, Luo said that direct flights to Beijing were considered domestic routes, but the KMT government cheated people by saying that it was a “special route.”

POSTAL LINKS

Regarding to the direct postal service, Lo said that in the past, mail going to any place outside Taiwan was categorized as international mail.

“But currently mail going to China is marked as ‘international [regional],’ which is to say Taiwan is an area of China,” he said, referring to Chunghwa Post Co’s (中華郵政) move to change the name of its international express mail service for deliveries to China to “international [regional] express mail service.”

Lo also warned of diseases and substandard food products that could pose a greater risk without strict control mechanisms under the new links.

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