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04TAIPEI3998
2004-12-16 21:56:00
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American Institute Taiwan, Taipei
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MEDIA REACTION: TAIWAN'S LEGISLATIVE ELECTIONS

Tags:   OPRC  KMDR  KPAO  TW 
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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