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TRADE PACT SIEGE: Politicians, civic groups lash out over crackdown

‘PEACE’:Two members of the US Congress urged the Ma government to ensure a non-violent, peaceful resolution to the raging conflict over the trade pact

By Chris Wang  /  Staff reporter

Citing his personal connections in Taiwan, Yu said the student movement should not be mistaken as a campaign motivated by any political party because it has been a pure civic movement.

Yu said he saw the protest as a movement to protect and upgrade Taiwan’s democratic system because the public and the government should have an equal voice.

Additionally, Yu warned Taiwan against underestimating China’s strategy of using economic means to achieve its political goals.

When China locks Taiwan in its economic network, the time for unification will be ripe, Yu said.

The historian said democracy would be the best tool to guarantee Taiwan’s security and that was why China has been trying to undermine Taiwan’s democratic system.

Additional reporting by William Lowther

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