Lin Chuan slams China’s One China Principle in interview with Japanese media
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – If the “One China Principle” means destroying the Republic of China, the
majority of Taiwanese will find that unacceptable, Premier Lin Chuan (林全) said in an interview with Japan’s Nihon Keizai Shimbun (日本經濟新聞).
The premier was referring to Panama’s June 12 switch in diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to China.
Beijing called the change an example of realizing its “One China Principle,” but if that was the case, Lin said, then that means that it wants to obliterate the Republic of China.
In this case, the majority of Taiwanese people would find this “One China Principle” unacceptable, the premier said. Such a stance would also destroy the illusion held by some in Taiwan that it was possible for each side to hold its own interpretation of that principle. [FULL STORY]