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Cablegate: Media Reaction: Taiwan's Legislative Elections

This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.

UNCLAS TAIPEI 003998

SIPDIS

DEPARTMENT FOR INR/R/MR, EAP/RSP/TC, EAP/PA, EAP/PD -
ROBERT PALLADINO
DEPARTMENT PASS AIT/WASHINGTON

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: OPRC KMDR KPAO TW
SUBJECT: MEDIA REACTION: TAIWAN'S LEGISLATIVE ELECTIONS


"China's Interpretation of [the Outcome] of Taiwan's
Legislative Elections Is Completely Wrong"

The pro-independence "Liberty Times" said in an
editorial (12/16):

". In short, the outcome of last Saturday's legislative
elections has, only for the time being, marked an end
to the rapid expansion of Pan-Green power over the past
few years. . The key point of last Saturday's
legislative elections was a confrontation between the
powers of different political parties rather than a
race [related to] the ideals and directions of these
parties. It is, without doubt, not a public vote on
Taiwan's national status or the argument concerning
unification or independence. China's misinterpretation
of the outcome of the legislative elections, a natural
result of its ideological prejudices, has fully
demonstrated that Beijing has no idea of what democracy
or Taiwan's mainstream public opinion is. In forming
its Taiwan policy based on such false knowledge, China
will surely strengthen its confrontational attitude,
suppression, containment and isolation [of Taiwan].
There is definitely no possibility for the two sides to
engage in a dialogue or reconciliation. As a result,
the answer to the question regarding who is the biggest
source of turmoil in the Asia-Pacific region
jeopardizing its stability and prosperity is already
self-evident."

KEEGAN

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