Deputy regional leader of Taiwan condemned after article reveals diehard separatist stance
Published: Jul 08, 2023 01:47 AM
A view of the Taiwan Straits is seen from Xiamen port, in East China's Fujian Province. Photo: IC

A view of the Taiwan Straits is seen from Xiamen port, in East China's Fujian Province. Photo: IC

The Labor Party, an opposition party in the island of Taiwan, on Friday criticized deputy regional leader of Taiwan Lai Ching-te, who is also the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) candidate for regional leader, after he wrote an article in the Wall Street Journal exposing his "Taiwan independence" stance.

Lai's article offered to implement a "four-pillar plan for peace" and clamored to build up the island's "deterrence" in face of the "military threat" from the Chinese mainland.

Lai's article reveals his "Taiwan independence" stance with the purpose of seeking support from the US and the West. The anti-China rhetoric in the article showed the public that he is not only a diehard separatist but also a shortsighted politician, said a statement from the Labor Party, obtained by the Global Times on Friday.

The Labor Party said that in order to cooperate with the US to smear China, Lai maliciously distorted the Chinese mainland's legitimate moves in defending its territorial integrity and its fight against separatist activities.

As Lai insists on his "Taiwan independence" position and refuses to accept the 1992 Consensus that embodies the one-China principle, his "four-pillar plan for peace" is neither reasonable nor practicable. Also, as Lai is not willing to accept the peaceful reunification of China, he risks destroying the island's security and social development, said the Labor Party's statement.

The Labor Party also called on people in Taiwan to reject Lai's attempt to destroy the development of cross-Straits relations, as it goes against their interests, relies on foreign forces, and is intended for personal political gains.

Global Times