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DPP lawmakers pour scorn on Ma’s PRC missiles policy

‘DELUDED’:DPP Legislator Tsai Huang-lang said the number of missiles China deploys against Taiwan had grown, not decreased since Ma came into office in 2008

By Huang Wei-chu  /  Staff Reporter

The approach that President Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) administration uses to request that China reduce the number of missiles it targets at Taiwan has drawn severe criticism from Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislators.

The Research, Development and Evaluation Commission has said the administration endeavored to encourage Beijing to dismantle its missile arsenal threatening Taiwan during formal occasions or at cross-strait seminars. About 1,900 short, medium-range and cruise missiles are currently aimed at Taiwan, defense officials say, a number that has grown at a rate of about 100 a year in the past decade.

GRADUAL RESULTS

The commission said at the beginning of the year that Ma’s “missile decrease” policy and sustained requests to Beijing were showing gradual results.

“The actions of the government are in accordance with President Ma’s policies,” commission spokesperson Sung Yu-hsieh (宋餘俠) said, adding that no attempts to deceive the public had been made.

However, DPP legislators do not agree.

‘INTERNATIONAL JOKE’

DPP Legislator Tsai Huang-lang (蔡煌瑯) said the Ma administration’s claim that the policy was showing gradual benefits is “an international joke.”

Tsai said the number of missiles China has aimed at Taiwan had “grown rather than decreased” since Ma came into office in 2008, a fact that was well known to the international community.

‘DELUDED’

The Ma administration is “deluded,” Tsai said.

DPP Legislator Su Chen-ching (蘇震清) said Ma’s “glossing over” the policy would cost him his credibility with the public.

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