Foreign minister rejects Singaporean PM’s views

OPINIONS:Lee Hsien Loong said that a growing Taiwanese consciousness could be a problem for the DPP and that Taiwan would not have US support in a war with China

Taipei Times
Date: Apr 15, 2016
By: Stacy Hsu / Staff reporter

Minister of Foreign Affairs David Lin (林永樂) yesterday shrugged off imagesSingaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s (李顯龍) concerns that Taiwan would be left stranded in the event of a cross-strait conflict, saying that there is no such problem.

Lin made the remarks on the sidelines of an international law forum on South China Sea disputes at Soochow University in Taipei, which was attended by President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) and dozens of academics.

“There is no such problem. We will do our utmost to [promote Taiwan’s] international status,” Lin said when asked to comment on remarks Lee made in an interview with the Wall Street Journal on Mar. 29 during a visit to the US, the transcript of which was shared by the prime minister on Facebook on Wednesday.

Lin said Ma has endeavored to promote Taiwan’s roles as a peacemaker and a provider of humanitarian aid in the international arena and to assuage tensions in the South China Sea.     [FULL  STORY]

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