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Opposition lawmaker wants democracy courses for Chinese students

2012/08/16 21:37:48

Taipei, Aug. 16 (CNA) A legislator from the opposition Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) said Thursday that she will propose a bill to make it mandatory for Chinese university students in Taiwan to take courses on democracy and human rights.

Under the proposal, students from China will be asked to take three credits in such courses, said Lin Shih-chia at a press conference.

However, Lin's idea was rejected by ruling Kuomintang Legislator Chen Shei-saint, who said forcing Chinese students to take the courses will retard democracy in Taiwan.

"Living in Taiwan and being exposed to its free environment is the best way for them to learn (about democracy)," Chen said.

The TSU advocates Taiwan's de-jure independence due to China's military threats and claim of sovereignty over the island.

(By Wen Kuei-hsiang, Tang Hsiao-tien and Maia Huang)