By: Ko Lin, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
“Who knows what will happen between now and May 20 next year,” former president Lee
Teng-hui said during a press conference for his newly-published book titled “New Taiwan Perspective” on Wednesday evening.
“It wouldn’t surprise me if the PLA decides to test fire their range of missiles near our waters,” Lee said.
The former president expressed his worry that Chinese President Xi Jinping would pressure the United States during a state visit later this year for Taiwan’s presidential candidates to accept the 1992 Consensus under the “one China” framework.
Lee also pointed out his concern that after Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen is elected President next January, she would be powerless until inaugurated on May 20, adding that there is four months of window where President Ma Ying-jeou still holds the executive decision.
“We should all keep an eye out for China during this period of transition.”
The former head-of-state sparked a huge debacle earlier this year when he said Japan was Taiwanese people’s homeland, and that the Taiwanese did not partake in China’s War of Resistance against Japan. [FULL STORY]