Chen urges Beijing to renounce threat of force against Taiwan
Amber Wang,The China Post
September 11, 2002, 12:00 am TWN
On the eve of the one-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the United States, President Chen Shui-bian urged mainland China to renounce its armed threats against Taiwan, saying Beijing's military intimidation is similar to the menace posed by terrorists.
In a speech marking the suicidal attacks in New York and Washington D.C. last year. Chen said yesterday no country is free from the threat of terrorists and pledged that Taiwan would play an active role in the worldwide anti-terrorism initiatives.
Speaking of the security and stability of the Asian Pacific region, Chen stressed that "democracy," "economy" and "safety" are the three pillars of peace and prosperity as well as the best weapons against terrorism.
"Taiwan should reevaluate its anti-terrorism efforts as well as the situation across the Taiwan Strait based on an overall strategy of promoting democracy, developing the economy and reinforcing safety."
The president went on to draw a parallel between mainland China's military threat against Taiwan and a terrorist attack.
The Chinese communists have made plans to attack Taiwan without prior warning by employing its fifth column, missiles, CBR (chemical, biological and radiological) weapons, Chen said. He added Beijing may conduct cyber warfare or unrestricted warfare to destroy Taiwan's political, economic and financial centers.
Mainland China's missile threat to Taiwan has already surpassed that of a terrorism attack, Chen said, referring to an estimated 400 ballistic missiles deployed along its shore targeting Taiwan. The number is on the rise with 50 additional missiles being deployed annually.
Chen also pointed out the international community's opposition to China's military threat against Taiwan, as evidenced in a resolution passed by the European Parliament urging Beijing to remove all those missiles.
"We would like to again call on the Chinese communist government to grasp the true meaning of democracy and counter-terrorism, to publicly denounce the threat of force of arms, and to seek stability across the Taiwan Strait via rational dialogue in a joint effort to maintain world peace," President Chen said.
The anti-terrorism front is not complete without Taiwan, Chen remarked, adding that the island can collaborate with the international community in tracking down terrorists, exchanging information, and tackling drug trafficking and money laundry.
Taiwan will continue to provide war-torn Afghanistan with humanitarian aid to refugees and help them rebuild their homeland.
The president concluded his speech by saying Taiwan as a member of the international community is obliged to participate in the counter-terrorism initiatives to safeguard peace and democracy.