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DPP head raps Ma government in meeting with AIT chief
Central News Agency
2013-12-09 10:41 PM
Taipei, Dec.9 (CNA) Opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairman Su Tseng-chang urged democratic countries in the Asia-Pacific region to work together to diffuse regional tensions during a meeting with the chairman of the American Institute in Taiwan on Monday. The AIT is the de facto embassy of the United States in the absence of diplomatic ties. In the hour-long meeting with Raymond Burghardt, Su said that when he visited Japan in February, he broached the idea of forming a democratic alliance in the region to diffuse regional conflicts and maintain peace and stability, according to a statement released by the party. Su criticized President Ma Ying-jeou's administration for being "too slow" and "too weak" in response to China's unilateral announcement in late November of an air defense identification zone (ADIZ) in the East China Sea that included the disputed Diaoyutai Islands. President Ma only said recently that Beijing's move was unhelpful to the development of cross-strait relations, Su said. The DPP chairman said uncertainties still exist in the East China Sea, as seen by tensions that flared up in February when Burghardt was in Taiwan and again recently when China announced its ADIZ. Su noted that after Beijing's announcement, the United States, Japan, South Korea and Australia immediately asked Beijing to rethink the decision. The DPP also asked the Ma administration to act in line with the U.S., Japan, South Korea and Australia, which have refused to comply with China's demands to submit flight plans to Beijing when flying over the ADIZ. Burghardt also inquired about the party's progress in its China policy discussions, the party's news release said. Su said the party's China Affairs Committee has held four meetings, even inviting representatives of the ruling Kuomintang to attend, and is now sorting out the main points discussed. Burghardt arrived here Sunday for a five-day visit. (By Sophia Yeh and Lilian Wu)
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