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Tsai blasted for R.O.C. legitimacy remark

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Officials yesterday leapt to the defense of the country against opposition leader Tsai Ing-wen's claim that the "Republic of China" is a "government in exile."

Presidential spokesman Lo Chih-chiang said it was a serious slip-up for Tsai, chairwoman of the Democratic Progressive Party, to "dwarf" the country and deny its legitimacy.

"Such an attitude of self-denial has at the same time debased the DPP itself, which was once the ruling party," Lo said.

The spokesman also questioned whether the DPP considered its eight-year governance of the country "unlawful and invalid."

Lo asked if Tsai was denying the DPP's "Resolution on Taiwan's Future," which states that "Taiwan is an independent sovereign state that is named the Republic of China under its current Constitution."

Tsai on Tuesday said the R.O.C. government in exile has been an embodiment of authoritarian rule and "Chinaness" for decades.

But change has occurred, with "Chinaness" giving way to "Taiwanness" in the formation of a "Taiwan subjectivity," said Tsai, who served as vice premier at one point during the DPP's eight years in power between 2000 and 2008.

She was making the remarks during an event debuting a book on the R.O.C.'s "60 years of exile" in Taiwan and the post World War II international situation faced by island.

The Kuomintang troops fled to Taiwan in 1949 after losing a civil war to the Chinese communists, who overthrew China's first-ever republic built on 1911.

Cabinet spokesman Johnny Chiang responded to tsai's claims by stressing that the ROC is a sovereign state with a 99-year history and its democratization has allowed peaceful transfers of power from one political party to another.

"The existence of the Republic of China is undisputable," Chiang said.

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