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Ma, Su discuss Nuke 4 in frenzied TV debate

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- A televised meeting between President Ma Ying-jeou and opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairman Su Tseng-chang on yesterday was reduced to a shouting match as the two politicians failed to agree on almost anything concerning the fate of Taiwan's Fourth Nuclear Power Plant.

Broadcast live and unmediated, the 85-minute meeting provided the Taiwanese public with a rare opportunity to see the nation's top political leaders engage in face-to-face talks for an occasion other than a presidential election debate. People who tuned in at 10 a.m. yesterday, however, mainly witnessed the two heckling each other, interrupting each other mid-sentence and pointing fingers at each other both literally and figuratively.

Words like “you are doing this again” and “I knew you would say this” were also thrown around in the meeting.

The only point the two agree upon is that Taiwan will decide in a referendum the future of the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant, which has been under construction since 1999 and comes with a price tag of NT$283 billion. The president and the DPP leader, however, disagreed even on the definition of the power plant's current status.

Su insisted that the government should halt the construction of the plant and hold the referendum immediately, but the president stated repeatedly that the plant has mostly passed the construction phase and is currently undergoing safety inspections, which he stressed should be finished before a referendum.

Su criticized the government's stance as time and money-squandering, saying “if we are going to have a referendum sooner or later, why don't we have one now?” It is irresponsible to delay the referendum even as the construction expenses pile up, he said.

In response, Ma emphasized again that the power plant is undergoing safety inspections and no extra budget is allotted for the tests.

April 26, 2014    billparkhurst@
Ma has no interest is majority opinion. His masters are big companies. Nukes are dangerous and expensive. The nuke plant is a huge waste of public funds by Ma and he should be held accountable. Solar installations on all rooftops in Taiwan is the future of renewable energy at far less expense to taxpayers.
April 26, 2014    yichen.rn@
Mr. Su did not seem to prepare well for this debate and had a poor performance. I tend to agree with President Ma to have the referendum until safety inspection is done. Why not? Nuke 4 already costs large money, despite of the secret/ illegal money spent (this could be another investigation to find out), and is at the finish stage, just do a safety investigation! The current legal threshold sounds right to me, who to make a change to lower it, just for Nuke 4? This is a popular concern and if it's the most people's wish to give up Nuke 4 as said by Su, why even worry about the votes will not be enough to halt the Nuke 4? Overall, it's unfortunately the debate did not reach any agreement, neither any constructive suggestion about the alternative energy plan to gradually replace the nuclear power plant in the future.
April 26, 2014    yao1931@
Both President Ma Ying-jeou and DPP Chairman Su Cheng-chang failed to reach a consensus on solving the issue of the 4th Nuclear Power Plant, their views still being wide apart. But we would like to ask who supported construction of the plant and budgeted some NT$40 billion for the project. Whoever created problem should be responsible to solve the problem.
April 27, 2014    carltanong@
StUpid forget that he supported the construction of the NUKE 4 in the past with his vice premier Tsai wanted to finish the NUKE 4 as soon as possible.

But at present, StUpid and Miss Tsai forget everything, perhaps all those NONESENSE rally, demonstrations since 2008 caused them to think the unthinkable, just to create social and civil unrest with harassment.

Now WHY did that Mr. Lin use the house of God for hunger strike after 318 disturbances? Main motive is to spread black propaganda in support for the DPP green croc's in these coming elections.

The disturbances will continue. To those concern citizens and the silent majority, vote wisely.

Vote wisely. DON'T vote for those who seek popularity. Popularity are all crooks and useless.

DPP are professional liar, crook and unprofessional politician. DPP are lawbreakers.
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President Ma Ying-jeou, right, and opposition Democratic Progressive Party Chairman Su Tseng-chang point fingers at each other during a televised talk concerning the future of Taiwan's Fourth Nuclear Power Plant at the Presidential Office, yesterday. (CNA)

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