‘GEISHA DIPLOMACY’:The KMT’s comments were in response to remarks by Hsieh that he did not approve of military vessels being used to protect fishermen
Date: May 07, 2016
By: Alison Hsiao / Staff reporter
The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) yesterday accused former premier Frank Hsieh (謝長廷) of
“acting like a concubine to Japan” after he reportedly said that sending military vessels to protect Taiwanese fishing boats amounts to declaring war on the US and Japan.
Hsieh, who is to be the next representative to Japan, on Wednesday said that he did not approve of sending military vessels to protect Taiwanese boats because it means that the nation “sees waging war as a viable option if necessary.”
He reportedly added that since Japan has a treaty of mutual cooperation and security with the US, the so-called “Anpo Treaty,” waging war with Japan would also mean waging a war against the US.
Peaceful means and negotiations should be employed to protect the interests of Taiwan’s fishermen, he said. [FULL STORY]