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Taiwan-China ties depend on China-US ties: DPP's Su

TAIPEI--Taiwan's ties with China depend very much on ties between China and the United States, opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairman Su Tseng-chang said Saturday.

"It is a pity, but it is true," Su said in a speech he delivered at TransWorld University in Douliou, in southern Taiwan's Yunlin County.

Noting that the island's fate has always been determined by wars fought far away, Su cited the fact that Taiwan was ceded by China to Japan in 1895 after the first Sino-Japanese war, and was taken under the wing of the U.S. after World War Two, thanks to the Korean and Vietnam wars.

Su said that Singapore's Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew once told him that the city state is a tiny country that cannot change the policies of powerful states, just as a small boat sailing among many big ships has to be very careful not to get into the way of the bigger vessels.

"So is Taiwan, therefore we have to avoid a collision course with bigger powers," Su said.

China has designs on Taiwan, while the U.S. does not, he went on.

"We must guard against states that foster evil intentions against us," said Su.

He noted that his party insists the country's future should be determined by its people and he urged his audience to show the determination and courage to control their own fate, rather than leaving themselves at the mercy of fate.

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