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DPP's Hsieh doubts Su's 'seagull' theory

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Former Premier Frank Hsieh (謝長廷) voiced his doubt yesterday over Democratic Progressive Party Chairman Su Tseng-chang's (蘇貞昌) "seagull theory," which likened Taiwan and China to a man and a bird keeping their distance on a beach.

In an interview with local radio station Radio International Taiwan, Su commented on the party's recent release of cross-strait policies and stressed that China should keep an amiable relationship with Taiwan. "If China wants to win the hearts of the Taiwanese people, China should give Taiwan some encouragement and some space," Su said, indicating that the Taiwanese people will draw away if China bothers them, like a gull draws away from a man.

"China ought not to limit Taiwan's (development) space internationally; both sides of the strait should be addressed as 'China +1' in the world," Su said in the interview.

Hsieh was reported as saying that he felt the comparison was not "very appropriate," and that Su should also elaborate on what he had coded "China +1."

"Comparisons are made to help people understand things, but the seagull theory is not easy to comprehend; I don't know what it means either. It should be: everyone is like a seagull, the higher you fly, the farther you see. We fly toward civilization and the world," said Hsieh, who also commented on Su's hint that China and Taiwan should leave each other alone. "So the seagull and the man do not affect one another. But both sides of the strait should interact, communicate and get in touch; this fact makes the comparison inappropriate," said Hsieh.

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