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Lu advocates referendum on ROC peace, neutrality

TAIPEI -- Former Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) said Thursday that she will push for a national referendum to declare Taiwan a peaceful and neutral nation.

Lu said she chose Aug. 14 to unveil her referendum proposal because it was the 69th anniversary of the public announcement of Japan's surrender to the Allied Forces, which ended World War II.

The proposed referendum would allow the Taiwanese to proclaim to the world that their country is peaceful and neutral, Lu said at a news conference at the Legislature, which was also attended by lawmaker Yu Mei-nu and other prominent figures from the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

If Taiwan is declared a permanently neutral country, the tensions across the Taiwan Strait will disappear and Taiwan's peaceful engagement with China will serve as a buffer for the United States and Japan in their dealings with China, she said.

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