‘A GOOD THING’:Hung dismissed concern over Lien joining China’s military celebrations, saying he has contributed a lot to the cause of cross-strait peace
Date: Aug 28, 2015
By: Alison Hsiao / Staff reporter
Former vice president Lien Chan’s (連戰) decision to attend Chinese celebrations next
month marking the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second Sino-Japanese War, including a military parade, is a “good thing if it helps peaceful exchanges across the Taiwan Strait,” Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) presidential candidate Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱) said yesterday.
Lien’s decision has sparked controversy, with the Mainland Affairs Council and the Presidential Office expressing their disapproval, but saying they cannot stop him because he is going as a private individual.
Asked about the issue, Hung said that Lien made history by “embarking on an ice-breaking journey to China [in 2005]. laying the groundwork for peaceful interactions between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait.”
“As long as [the trip] is good for cross-strait interaction, it is a good thing. I believe the former [KMT] chairman knows what he is doing,” she said. [FULL STORY]