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Cablegate: Media Reaction: Taiwan's Referenda

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SUBJECT: MEDIA REACTION: TAIWAN'S REFERENDA


Summary: As the result of last Saturday's legislative elections
continued to remain in the spotlight of the Taiwan media, news
coverage on January 15 also focused on Taiwan's announcement Monday
that it has terminated its 42-year-long diplomatic relations with
Malawi after the latter switched its diplomatic recognition from
Taipei to Beijing; on President Chen Shui-bian's meeting with AIT
Chairman Raymond Burghardt during his stopover in Anchorage; and on
DPP presidential candidate Frank Hsieh's taking over the DPP
chairmanship Monday. The centrist, KMT-leaning "China Times"
devoted nearly its entire second page to an exclusive news story and
analyses of the 28-hour-long confrontation between USS Kitty Hawk
aircraft carrier and a Chinese submarine and destroyer in late
November, 2007. In terms of editorials and commentaries, an
editorial in the mass-circulation "Apple Daily," citing the results
of the two referenda in Saturday's elections, urged DPP presidential
candidate Frank Hsieh to take the lead in withdrawing the proposed
UN referendum, which will be held in tandem with the March
presidential poll. End summary.

"The Two [New] Referenda Should Be Withdrawn"

The mass-circulation "Apple Daily" [circulation: 500,000]
editorialized (1/15):

"... One significant point [in Saturday's legislative elections] was
overlooked: namely, the voters' attitude toward the referenda.
[Last Saturday,] both referenda failed to pass the threshold [for
validity], but for the referendum aimed at recovering the ill-gotten
[KMT] party assets, a total of 4.55 million ballots were picked up
by the voters, and a total of 4.5 million voters also picked up the
referendum ballots against corruption in government. Such a
phenomenon indicated that at least more than four million people
took the referenda seriously and did not follow the KMT's call for
voters not to pick up the referendum ballots. Given such a huge
number of voters who decided for themselves not to pay attention to
the KMT's [call], will it have no influence on the [March]
presidential poll?

"The fact that only 26 percent of the eligible voters picked up the
referendum ballots indicated the voters' negative impression with
the DPP's attempt to bundle the referendum with the elections every
time. But the fact that four million voters picked up the
[referendum] ballots also manifested the voters' disgust with the
KMT's 'last-minute decision to abandon' the referendum. [The two
referenda] on recovering the KMT's ill-gotten party assets and on an
anti-corruptive government, respectively, were justifiable in terms
of social justice. It's a pity that they were used by politicians
for political gains and thus rejected by the voters. ...

"A-bian has stepped down [in his capacity as DPP chairman], and
Frank Hsieh decided to take his own road. Hsieh could take the lead
and withdraw the proposed UN referendum, and the KMT meanwhile can
withdraw its own referendum proposal [for the March presidential
poll] as well. Cancellation of the two bogus referendum topics will
not only win the people's heart but also save a lot of money for our
country."

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