The Ma administration should reconsider inviting Mr. Chen Yunlin, head of the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) to Taiwan in October, unless the issue of Taiwan’s sovereignty is clarified before Chen’s visit, said Chairperson Ing-wen Tsai today (September 23). Instead of entertaining Mr. Chen, President Ma should focus all of his energy on addressing the recent crises in the sovereignty issue as well as the declining economy. Chairperson Tsai also stressed that the appearance of Chen Yunlin at this time is inappropriate, and could lead to division amongst the Taiwanese people, as well as diverting the government’s attention to the most important issue of the economic crisis.
The anticipated panda transfer is another action that should be postponed until the sovereignty issue is resolved, according to Chairperson Tsai. President Ma’s recent comments regarding Taiwanese sovereignty have caused great anxiety and dissatisfaction with the people. The DPP has legitimate reasons to believe that President Ma’s recent comment regarding
Chairperson Tsai then turned her attentions toward the recent food scare caused by contaminated Chinese food products. Chairperson Tsai stressed that the appearance of Chen Yunlin in
She hoped that this tainted milk incident would serve as a warning to the Taiwanese people of the dangers of Chinese exports.
Chairperson Tsai said that although it is unlikely that
Chairperson Tsai then provided an outline for the DPP to follow as the main opposition party in
If Ma’s administration fails to resolve controversies or correct inefficient policies, and the DPP has exhausted all means at their disposal of protesting, then civil actions including demonstrations and social movements will be unavoidable.