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KMT asks president to report to Legislature on diplomatic crisis

2018/05/25 16:40:15

KMT Legislator Lee Yen-hsiu (李彥秀, center)

Taipei, May 25 (CNA) Opposition Kuomintang (KMT) lawmakers proposed Friday that President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) should deliver an unprecedented report to the Legislature addressing Taiwan's diplomatic situation following the severance of relations with Burkina Faso.

The proposal, however, was opposed by ruling Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Hsu Chih-chieh (許智傑), a caucus whip, who described such a move as inappropriate.

There is no precedent for a sitting president to give such a report, Hsu said.

KMT Legislator Lee Yen-hsiu (李彥秀), also a caucus whip, noted at a press conference in the Legislative Yuan that Burkina Faso cut its diplomatic ties with Taiwan within less than a month after the Dominican Republic did so, bringing the number of Taiwan's diplomatic allies down to a mere 18.

According to Lee, people want to know what Tsai will do to address the crisis, how she will handle cross-Taiwan Strait relations in the wake of the Burkina Faso incident, and if the severance of Taiwan-Burkina Faso links will become a domino effect.

Tsai needs to answer those questions by delivering a report to the Legislature as soon as possible, Lee contended.

Meanwhile, DPP lawmaker Tsai Shih-ying (蔡適應) suggested that the government withdraw its military aid from Burkina Faso at once. It donated two UH-1H helicopters to the nation last year.

Tsai Shih-ying was among the DPP lawmakers who condemned China for poaching allies from Taiwan as part of attempts to isolate Taiwan in the international community.

DPP caucus whip Ho Hsin-chun (何欣純) called for unity in Taiwan, while reiterating President Tsai's declaration that no money will be spent on competing against China in the diplomatic sector, and that Taiwan will earn its international space through its own advantages.

Meanwhile, DPP lawmakers Tsai Yi-yu (蔡易餘), Su Chih-fen (蘇治芬) and Chuang Jui-hsiung (莊瑞雄) called on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to change its strategy by allowing local government and non-government organizations to serve on the front line to help break the diplomatic barriers facing Taiwan.

"It is now the era of Facebook and Line," said Tsai Yi-yu, noting that through those channels, people around the country can take Taiwan's voice to the world and help the country find a way out of its diplomatic predicament.

(By Liu Kuan-ting, Wen Kui-hsiang, Chen Chun-hua and Elizabeth Hsu)
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