Li Weiyi, spokesman for the Taiwan
Affairs Office of the State Council invites questions from reporters at a
pres conference in this file photo. [newsphoto]
Beijing yesterday condemned Taiwan leader Chen Shui-bian for dropping "China"
from the names of government-run firms and introducing "distorted" history
Li Weiyi, spokesman of the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, warned
that the "flurry of de-sinification activities" was "deliberate political
manipulation" and "secessionist moves" that will heighten cross-Straits
announced on February 8 that the island's authorities will remove the words
"China" or "Chinese" from government-run organizations, enterprises and from
certain laws and regulations.
Taiwan's post office and several government-run companies formally changed
their names on Monday under the order, despite wide criticism and protest from
both sides of the Straits.
Chen's stepped-up moves for de-sinification and secessionist activities are
aimed at "creating a social climate for de jure independence," Li told a regular
"The activities are intended for the selfish gain of individuals and a single
political party," Li said, adding they will greatly undermine the welfare of
Taiwan enterprises and the public.
Li also criticized Taiwan's revision of its high school history textbooks
that play down the Nanjing Massacre or neglect it in certain versions.
"Taiwan's young generation should be taught an objective and true history and
we resolutely oppose any actions to distort, obliterate or confuse history," Li
He also said the mainland had noticed Taiwan prosecutors' indictment against
the island's opposition party leader Ma Ying-jeou.
Ma resigned as chairman of the Kuomintang (KMT) on Tuesday after being
indicted for diverting government funds to his private account. He also declared
that he would run for "president" in the island's 2008 election.
Li stressed that the mainland's polices toward Taiwan will not change
following Ma's resignation.
In a related development, a survey showed that rather than plummet, the
public support of Ma has increased following his indictment.
The survey, conducted by the United Daily News, a leading newspaper in
Taiwan, showed that 61 percent of Taiwan people believe Ma is clean and honest,
5 percentage points higher than November last year.
The prosecutor's office said yesterday that four leading members of Taiwan's
ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) will also be investigated for
It said three investigators will be assigned later this month to probe
"vice-president" Annette Lu, "premier" Su Tseng-chang, former Kaohsiung mayor
Frank Hsieh and DPP Chairman Yu Shyi-kun.
The four, seen as possible "presidential" candidates, will be investigated
for their use of special funds while acting as government officials,
prosecutor's office spokesman Chang Wen-cheng said.
Agencies contributed to the story
(China Daily 02/15/2007 page1)