Shows Strong Support for Chen's Travels
Monique Chu STAFF REPORTER
28, 2000, Taipei Times
public has given its seal of approval to President Chen
Shui-bian's 12-day tour of six of Taiwan's diplomatic allies,
according to results of a survey released yesterday.
Survey Research Center yesterday released results of a survey
conducted among 1,033 respondents on Aug. 24 and Aug. 25.
The poll was commissioned by the Taipei branch of the DPP.
74 percent of the respondents said they were satisfied with
Chen's trip, adding that the president's tour was conducive
to improving Taiwan's external relations.
those responding to the poll, 76.5 percent said Chen's tour
to Taiwan's Central American and African allies earlier
this month would not escalate tensions across the Taiwan
said the figures show that Chen had strong support for the
fact that more than 70 percent endorsed Chen's trip indicates
that the public has reached a consensus on the issue,"
said Wong Seng-lee, a public policy expert at National Taipei
University, in a press conference yesterday.
asked if respondents supported the government's move to
expand Taiwan's diplomatic relations even though such a
move could escalate cross-strait tensions, some 73.5 percent
gave a positive reply.
means that the public has clearly recognized the government's
efforts to expand Taiwan's international relations,"
said Yan Jiann-fa, director of the DPP's Chinese affairs
80 percent (83.9) of respondents said the government should
continue its bid for Taiwan's entry into the UN, while
some 10 percent denounced the necessity of such a longstanding
of the survey also showed the way the public sees cross-strait
relations, with over half of those polled (50.7 percent)
defining it as special "state-to-state" in nature.
30 percent (27.7) said Taiwan and China maintain normal
international relations, while 8 percent said cross-strait
relations are between local and central governments within
the framework of one state.
survey also portrayed public expectation of future cross-strait
relations, with nearly 87 percent of the respondents saying
that maintaining the status quo is best.
DPP's Yan admitted that the public's preference for maintaining
the status quo across the Taiwan Strait -- as shown in the
survey -- has become mainstream public opinion in Taiwan
regarding cross-strait relations.
said that polls such as this should be noticed by the leaders
in Beijing as reflecting the true sentiments of the people