Friday, March 26, 2004

DPP Propaganda

China Says Won't Sit by if Taiwan Turmoil Worsens
China, in its strongest statement yet on the political crisis convulsing Taiwan since its controversial election, warned on Friday it would not stand idly by if the situation on the island spirals out of control.

"We will not sit by watching should the post-election situation in Taiwan get out of control, leading to social turmoil, endangering the lives and property of our flesh-and-blood brothers and affecting stability across the Taiwan strait," Beijing's policy-making Taiwan Affairs Office said in a statement.

It reiterated that China was paying close attention to events on the island, which has been racked by protests and political paralysis since President Chen Shui-bian, who favors Taiwan independence, won re-election by the thinnest of margins on Saturday. The opposition immediately contested the result and demanded a recount.

The statement gave no further details.

Despite these menacing statements, the KMT and its allies seem determined to reject any outcome other than a Pan-Blue victory. They have gone from demanding a re-count to considering pressing for a re-vote and trying to make reckless alterations to Taiwan's election laws. The Nationalists' behavior following their defeat in the election has been very unimpressive and has probably hurt them politically. Polls are showing that most Taiwanese are opposed to and worried by the Opposistion's protests and have been widely condemned by the high-brows.


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