Overseas Chinese denounce Chen's secessionist remarks
Updated: 2006-02-27 16:06
Overseas Chinese in the United States on Sunday denounced
the recent remarks of the leader of Taiwan authorities on abolishing the
"National Unification Council" and "National Unification Guidelines," saying
such acts with a secessionist nature would damage the fundamental interests of
Chuen Hsiung Hua, president of
the New York Association for Peaceful Unification of China (NYAPUC), opened a
symposium here aimed at voicing the Chinese community's opposition to recent
activities of the Taiwan authorities which have backtracked on its past promises
on cross-Straits relations.
In the meantime,
symposiums with similar themes were also held by the San Francisco Association
for Peaceful Unification of China in northern California and by the Los Angeles
Coalition for Peaceful Unification of China in southern California, in a move by
the Chinese community across the United States to express their indignation at
and condemnation of such degressive acts of the Taiwan authorities, said Hua.
After visits to the mainland by leaders of some
major parties on the island province last year, relations across the Straits
have improved with deepening trade contacts and frequent personnel exchanges,
The Taiwan authorities, however, turned a
deaf ear to the reality and attempted again to instigate conflicts both inside
the island and across the straits, Hua added.
doing so, Chen Shui-bian is aimed at strengthening his position within the
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) at the cost of provoking tension in
cross-Straits relations, Hua said, stressing that these attempts, which run
counter to the wishes of Taiwan compatriots, will only make himself even more
isolated, bring instability to the region and damage the already flagging
economy of the island province.
Like drinking poison
to quench thirst, these attempts by the Taiwan authorities have no future and
are doomed to failure, Hua said.
editor-in-chief of Sing Tao Newspapers, warned that the moves by Chen Shui-bian,
which came at a time when the DPP suffered a humiliating defeat in recent
elections and Chen's approval rating fell to historic lows, constitute only the
first step by the secessionists toward "independence."
Chen has totally discredited himself by breaching the
promises he has made and by threatening to scrap the "National Unification
Council" and "National Unification Guidelines," he added.
Tat C. Lau, vice-president of NYAPUC, said recent election
defeats suffered by the DPP and low ratings for Chen have revealed the fact that
the ruling authorities have lost the support of Taiwan compatriots.
Instead of focusing on addressing economic and social
problems and catering to the needs of the people, the Taiwan authorities have
tried desperately to hold onto power by playing a trick with the secessionist
remarks, the vice-president said.