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Taiwan will not yield on matters of national dignity: president
Central News Agency
2014-06-24 10:27 PM
Taipei, June 24 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou denounced Tuesday those who have criticized his administration's handling of a Japanese misnaming incident, saying that on matters of national dignity, there is no room for concession. "Do what needs to be done" is the government's constant stance in dealing with foreign affairs, Ma said at a meeting with executive members of the ruling Kuomintang. Ma doubles as the party's chairman. Under this principle, his government respects the sanctity of a contract while insisting on the dignity of the country. "What should be insisted on, should be," Ma said. The president was referring to a strong protest the Ministry of Foreign Affairs lodged June 20 after some promotional posters for an unprecedented exhibition from Taiwan's National Palace Museum (NPM) in Tokyo were spotted with the museum's name in Japanese listed as "Palace Museum, Taipei" -- an apparent violation of an agreement between Taiwan and Japan that the NPM's full name must be used in all publicity materials. The ministry then threatened to cancel the June 24-Sept. 15 exhibition at the Tokyo National Museum. Some opposition politicians, however, said that such a strong protest would harm Taiwan-Japan relations. Blasting the critics for disregarding national dignity, Ma said the government has upheld three principles in handling the misnaming incident, namely "acting rationally," "upholding Taiwan's stance firmly" and "taking strong measures" to ensure that Japan replaces all the problematic publicity materials. In rare strong tone, Ma condemned the opposition politicians as lacking guts. He said they always claim to love Taiwan but never say so at the crucial moment. "It's despicable," Ma blasted. The exhibition under the title "Treasured Masterpieces from the National Palace Museum, Taipei" opened as scheduled after the Tokyo museum curator apologized for the misnaming. (By Claudia Liu and Elizabeth Hsu)
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