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Tsai Ing-wen would consider KMT talks

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Former Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said yesterday that she would consider a dialogue with the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) on the construction of the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant.

Lin Yi-xiong (林義雄), a charismatic leader and a former DPP chairman, announced recently that he would start a hunger strike on April 22 to protest the construction of the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant, commonly known as Nuke 4.

When questioned by the press at a social welfare event, Tsai said that she feels sorry about Lin's decision and is concerned about his state of health.

Tsai pointed out that the root of the problem lies in the KMT, as the majority of the public opposes the construction of Nuke 4. As such, the government should halt its construction, Tsai said.

When asked by the press if the nuclear plant referendum special clause drafted by the DPP will serve as a good resolution, Tsai said that she would not rule out any possibilities, but a pause on the nuclear plant's construction is still the best course of action. If the government cannot make the decision, a referendum will have to be held to decide the nuclear plant's fate, she said.

When asked if she would consider a dialogue with President Ma Ying-jeou, Tsai said that she is not all that convinced about Ma's sincerity, but hopefully he has learned his lesson and will listen to different view points after the student-led anti-service trade pact protests.

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