says don't blame China for setbacks
EXCUSE: Though a formidable force, China's meddling is no
reason to justify a breakdown in foreign relations with
other countries, the president said while in Santo Domingo.
Lin Chien-yu August 17, 2000, Taipei Times
STAFF REPORTER IN SANTO DOMINGO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Chen Shui-bian on Tuesday urged the nation's foreign affairs
officials to quit using "oppression from China"
as an excuse when foreign relations suffer a setback.
noticed that many of our government colleagues and people
think that China's oppression and obstructions are the best
excuse when our foreign relations break down," Chen
an excuse is definitely not a good one. Those who do not
expect to succeed can always find an excuse to cover their
faults. Those who are confident of succeeding can certainly
accomplish great things," the president said.
made the remarks during a luncheon hosted by Sun Ta-cheng,
Taiwan's ambassador to the Dominican Republic, on Tuesday.
Monday, Sun updated the president on the status of relations
with the Dominican Republic, saying China was resorting
to every conceivable means to destroy ties between Taiwan
and its Central American ally.
despite the challenge, Chen again on Tuesday expressed his
confidence in the friendship between the two nations.
to the country's foreign affairs officials, Chen said he
could understand the arduousness of the fight against Beijing,
and encouraged officials to maintain their vigilance in
protecting Taiwan's interests, status and dignity.
long as we have the determination, we will have the willpower
to do it," he said.
president said that foreign relations were the most important
symbol of a nation's independent sovereignty.
one-time advocate of Taiwan independence, Chen also recognized
the significance of the ROC national flag, saying the flag
takes on special importance when viewed in faraway places.
national flag of the ROC is our common language -- not differentiating
party affiliation, ethnic group or ideology," Chen
said. "When I was still the mayor of Taipei, the flag
was carried with me wherever I went, including to Russia
addition, Chen pledged to carry out all cooperation projects
promised by the former KMT government and invited foreign
heads of state to attend Taiwan's National Day celebrations
transfer of power in Taiwan will not change the government's
foreign policies. Those promises and cooperation projects
that have been agreed to previously will be loyally carried
out in the future," Chen said, quoted by Eugene Chien,
deputy secretary-general to the Presidential Office.
the second of his four-day visit, Chen yesterday morning
met the Dominican Republic's outgoing president, Leonel
Fernandez, and its incoming president, Hipolito Mejia. Later,
he met Panama's Second Vice President Ingeniero Bazan, Haiti's
President Rene Preval and El Salvador's Vice President Carlos
meetings with those leaders yesterday, Chen said he planned
to visit Panama in the near future and reciprocate the enthusiasm
Panama has shown for him.
president, vice president and speaker of its parliament
visited Taiwan after May 20, when Chen was inaugurated.
also said that he will ask shipping magnate and Evergreen
Group Chairman Chang Jung-fa, who he described as the best
communication bridge between Taiwan and Panama, to join
him on his future visit.
yesterday Chen told Ramon Alburqueque, the speaker of the
Dominican Republic's Congress, that Taiwan would contribute
US$4.8 million as a loan guarantee to help the country get
a loan from the International Monetary Fund.