June 2007






democracy & progress
efforts to suppress Taiwan

Taiwan and Costa Rica break diplomatic ties: Lai I-chung condemns China’s all-out
The Director of the DPP’s Department of China Affairs, Lai I-chung, has condemned China’s money diplomacy and the misuse of the power it wields in the United Nations (UN) in forcing Costa Rica to announce, on the 7th of June, that it had established diplomatic relations with China and broken its diplomatic relations with Taiwan. Lai I-chung said there was one reason alone for the breaking of diplomatic ties with Costa Rica, namely, China’s threats and carrot-and-stick tactics. China’s full-scale suppression of Taiwan’s existence on the world stage, and its ruthless and unreasonable actions has provoked a backlash and discontent among the people of Taiwan. Recently, other such actions have included a memorandum-style restraint on Taiwan’s full participation at the meetings of the World Health Organization (WHO); China’s downgrading of Taiwan’s member status in the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE); and the breaking of diplomatic ties between Taiwan and Chad. All this has incited anger among Taiwan’s people and has had a negative impact on cross-strait relations. Ultimately, Beijing’s relentless, provocative behavior will force Taiwan into taking self-protective retaliatory measures out of a need to defend itself. When such a time comes, the Beijing government will have to accept full responsibility for any deterioration in cross-strait relations. Lai I-chung stressed that even in the face of China’s suppression, as long as the people of Taiwan maintain confidence, Taiwan’s sovereignty, international status, and concrete development will not be influenced by decreases or increases in the number of countries with whom it has diplomatic ties. He also emphasized that the pivotal question of whether Taiwan is a country is purely a matter of Taiwan’s self-confidence and the nation’s strivings. It has nothing to do with gaining “the love and attention of the international community,” let alone the recognition of the power-hungry, authoritarian regime in Beijing.
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Taiwan and Costa Rica break diplomatic ties

Department of International Affairs Democratic Progressive Party 8F, No. 30, Pei-Ping East Rd. Taipei, Taiwan t. 886-2-23929989 ext. 305 f. 886-2-23214527 e-mail: foreign@dpp.org.tw web: http://www.dpp.org.tw Publisher You Si-kun Editor-in-Chief: Michael Fonte Editor: Clementine Lee

Highlighting the common responsibility of the ruling and opposition parties to protect Taiwan’s interests, Lai I-chung called on the Kuomintang (KMT) to stand by the Taiwanese people and condemn China’s actions without delay. The facts clearly show that following the visit to China by Lien Chan for discussions between China’s communist party and the KMT, the suppression of Taiwan in the international arena has not lessened, but rather been exacerbated. If the KMT wants to avoid anxieties amongst the people of Taiwan that the KMT and the People’s Republic of China (PRC) are cooperating and plotting against Taiwan, it should break its silence, more importantly, the KMT presidential candidate Ma Ying-jeou cannot remain as quiet as a mouse on this issue. The Beijing government is plotting against Taiwan. Its intention to make Taiwan its enemy is obvious. Mr. Ma’s diplomacy of belittling his own country and desperately asking China to take pity on Taiwan only results in such issues as the break of diplomatic ties between Taiwan and Costa Rica, and will ultimately lead to the tragedy of Taiwan being devoured by China. Taiwan must unite if it is to overcome China’s suppression. Lai I-chung calls on the KMT to immediately give up its path of “uniting with the PRC to manipulate Taiwan,” and join with the DPP in protecting Taiwan.

Hsu Jen-tu: Respect for rights and interest of farmers and fishermen
On the morning of June 12, the Legislative Yuan voted by open ballot on the motion to review §46-1 of the Farmers’ Association Law and §49-1 of the Fishermen’s Association Law. Through a powerful mobilization of KMT and People’s First Party (PFP) legislators, the articles of the two laws that had been passed by third reading remained unchanged, with 155 votes against 96. This runs contrary to the Executive Yuan’s motion to review the laws. The DPP Headquarters responded by expressing that the actions of the KMT and PFP reveal their corrupt intentions of vote-getting for the KMT’s presidential candidate Ma Ying-jeou, and that the hardworking farmers and fishermen must know the truth about these parties so that they will not be seduced. DPP Deputy Secretary-General Hsu jen-tu pointed out that although the KMT presidential candidate Ma Ying-jeou had constantly emphasized that the stalled budget act should be passed so the people of Taiwan would not have to suffer anymore, in reality he has not faced up to the suffering that farmers and fishermen have had to endure. Indicted leaders and members of the Farmer’s and Fishermen’s Associations are now given three trials instead of two before they can be discharged from office. This is the KMT’s “black money clause.” When the KMT was in power, it was unwilling to give up its control over these associations, resulting in unfair election processes within the associations. Likewise, the party cared little for the associations’ rights and interests. For example, the KMT has again obstructed the review motion meaning that corrupt individuals continue to remain in power, and that the rights and
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interests of numerous farmers and fishermen are being harmed. Hsu Jen-tu expressed that the party was very disappointed with the fact that the review motion was not passed, and reiterated that the KMT and PFP had abused the force of their majority to control the legislature, obstruct the passing of laws, and stall the general budget act. The two parties only mobilize their legislators when their personal profit is at stake, revealing their corrupt practices time and again. The farmers and fishermen of Taiwan should suffer no more. They must realize the true situation and not be seduced by the KMT and PFP any longer. The DPP Headquarters will negotiate with the Executive Yuan in the future, and continue to care for the farmers and fishermen, so that related policies can be implemented smoothly and fairly. Ahead of the 2008 presidential elections, Hsu Jen-tu is also appealing to the KMT not to deceive the people of Taiwan, neglecting their wellbeing for their own electoral gain.

You Si-kun at the Taiwan Gallery Groundbreaking Ceremony in New York: Taiwanese culture will dazzle the world

As part of his “Uniting in Triumph Trip” to the US, DPP Chairman You Si-kun on the afternoon of the 14th attended the Groundbreaking Ceremony of the new Taiwan Gallery in New York’s Queens Museum of Art. The Chairman along with Museum Curator Tom Finkelpearl, Flushing City Councilman John Liu, and other guests smashed a wooden wall, symbolizing the beginning of ground work on the new wing that will house the
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Taiwan Gallery. Chairman You emphasized on the richness of Taiwan’s culture, art, and talents, and expressed his hopes for artistic exchange and interaction between Taiwan and other countries. The Chairman believes that through these artistic exchanges, Taiwan as a rich multicultural maritime State will become popular internationally. Chairman Yu said it was an honor to attend the Groundbreaking Ceremony, and emphasized the many talents produced in Taiwan. He referred to the internationally renowned dancer Hsu Fang-yi, and the exceptional Major League Baseball player Wang Chien-ming, who have both seized opportunities to develop their potential in the US. Highlighting the cultural diversity of Taiwan, the Chairman said he hopes there can be more cultural exchange between Taiwan and other countries, so that people from around the world can truly see Taiwan. He added that the works of Taiwanese culture will dazzle the world. The curator of the Queens Museum of Art praised Chairman You for his concept of “building counties on culture” put forward during his time as magistrate of I-lan County. He said that it was therefore totally fitting that Chairman Yu participated in the Taiwan Gallery Groundbreaking Ceremony. He also invited the Chairman to return in 3 years to participate in the inauguration of the Taiwan Gallery. An international center, the Queens Museum of Art has twice held international art expositions and was also formally the site of the general assembly of the United Nations. Chairman Yu referred to the fact that the KMT government had in the past attended the UN general assembly under the name of the Republic of China, but has now been rejected by the UN. Today, however, Taiwan is barred from participating in the UN. The Chairman explained that this is because when the Republic of China had a seat at the UN between 1945 and 1971 it represented all of China. After the UN passed a resolution recognizing the People’s Republic of China as “the sole legal Government,” the Republic of China was deprived entirely of its legal representation in the UN and the UN system.

You’s trip to US garners powerful election assistance
DPP Chairman You Si-kun ended his “Uniting in Triumph” tour in the US after touring in 4 major cities, ending with a speech engaging with Taiwanese expatriates in San Francisco. Immediately after his arrival back to Taiwan on the early morning of the 16th, Chairman you responded to the recent ruling of the nullification of the mayoral election in Kaohsiung. Chairman You said he respected the right of the judicial system, but added his trust and support for Mayor Chen Ju. Chairman You said the Mayor had the backing of the DPP government and the party in her decision to appeal to the District Court. The Chairman said that at this stage it is merely hypothetical to assume that there will be a re-election for Kaohsiung Mayor. Though currently the Court’s ruling is unacceptable to the DPP, the judicial process must be respected. It is important to trust in social freedom and justice whilst also look at the bigger picture. It is, of course, necessary for Chen Ju to protect her rights, and Chairman You said Chen Ju’s appeal to the court is fully supported by the party and the DPP government. Regarding his tour in the US, Chairman You said he had achieved his original goal of gaining electoral assistance abroad. From San Francisco and Los Angeles to Boston and Washington, his speeches attracted approximately 3000 oversea Taiwanese, and gained their support towards recognition of Taiwan as a normal country status. This reaffirmed the determination at home and abroad for DPP’s towards electoral success in retaining the presidency, and gaining enough seats to control the Legislative Yuan. The Chairman went on to say that, ahead of the crucial election in 2008, party members residing abroad and the overseas Taiwanese community have demonstrated their full support to the DPP. Through the efforts of the
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overseas DPP network, the “Association for the Normalization of Taiwan” has been established. Moreover, even foreign son-in-laws of Taiwan have formed support groups and will come to Taiwan to help campaign for the upcoming elections. All the members of the overseas Taiwanese community who attended the speeches have pledged to spread the word and make others aware of the importance of voting for DPP candidates in the presidential and legislative elections. They themselves will return in good time to their respective constituencies in Taiwan to cast their votes. The power of this group will eventually combine with that of the supporters at home, providing a great impetus to the election process, so that the Taiwan-centric DPP presidential candidate Frank Hsieh can be successfully elected. The Chairman affirmed that the DPP has despite struggling from being the oppositional party, to become the main ruling party today, it has continued to stick to its original values of democracy, development, and reform. In the future, the DPP will continue to uphold party principles and core values, and continue to deepen the people’s self-recognition towards a Taiwan-centric identity in order for Taiwan to protect Taiwan’s national sovereignty, and to preserve Taiwan’s dignity as a normal status country. The Chairman said he believes that in the 2008 presidential election, through the powerful support and reforming spirit of the overseas Taiwanese, both the DPP and Taiwan will surly win.