Anti-secession law 'unnecessary': Ma
The China Post news staffThe Taiwan government yesterday urged China to remove its anti-secession law and missiles that are meant to intimidate the island into staying away from the road to independence, while demonstrators took to the streets in Taipei to protest against Beijing's military aggression.
March 15, 2009, 12:56 am TWN
President Ma Ying-jeou was cited by his spokesman as calling the anti-secession law “unnecessary and unfeasible” on the fourth anniversary of the enactment of the provision.
“The Chinese authorities should carefully consider the feelings of the Taiwan people, and take proper steps to handle this law,” presidential spokesman Wang Yu-chi quoted Ma as saying.
“We believe the Chinese authorities are wise enough to know how to deal with it properly,” Wang said.
Wang said the peaceful development of cross-strait ties should be a reciprocal process where the two sides interact with each other with goodwill.
“The matter should not be decided by the Chinese authorities unilaterally or non-peacefully,” he said.
The Cabinet's Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) made it clear that Taiwan hopes China can abolish the law and remove hundreds of missiles targeting Taiwan.
Meanwhile, hundreds of Tibetans and opposition leaders and supporters marched through downtown Taipei to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1959 Tibetan uprising against the Chinese communists.
Tsai Ing-wen, chairwoman of the Democratic Progressive Party, said the biggest threat for Tibet and Taiwan is China.
DPP spokesman Cheng Wen-tsang said the demonstration was meant to highlight the need to defend freedom and democracy in Taiwan.
He said the DPP administration had designated March 14 as “Anti-aggression Day” to underscore China's military threat.
But the Ma administration has been only paying lip service without taking any concrete steps address China's military threat.
Beijing adopted the law in 2005 to authorize the use of “non-peaceful means” against Taiwan should the island declare independence.
It was enacted less than a year after the pro-independence Chen Shui-bian was elected to a second presidential term, prolonging cross-strait tensions.
The Chen administration also indicated that the number of Chinese missiles targeting Taiwan continued growing.