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Taiwan need not fear China's united front tactics: dissident

2011/01/27 21:18:30

Taipei, Jan. 27 (CNA) Taiwan does not have to worry about ChineseCommunist Party united front tactics that some have claimed arerelated to a Chinese philanthropist donating money to the needy here,a Chinese dissident said Thursday.

Wu'er Kaixi, a former student leader during the 1989 TiananmenSquare protest that was brutally crushed in early June of that year,noted that Taiwan did not ask the philanthropist to "do things ourway" while in Taiwan, although China on the other hand might insistthat Taiwanese donors in China must act "in accordance with China'swishes" while in that country.

"That is a big difference between Taiwan and China," said Wu'er.

Wu'er was commenting on the Taiwanese authorities' treatment ofChen Guangbiao, a high-profile Chinese philanthropist currently inTaiwan to dispense as much as NT$500 million (US$17.22 million) toTaiwan's needy.

Lunar New Year's Day, which falls on Feb. 3 this year, istraditionally a time for the well-to-do to help the less privilegedin society.

Wu'er said that while some people in Taiwan might look at Chen'sdonations as part of the Chinese Communist Party's attempts to wooTaiwanese hearts with money, Taiwan's people should be confident oftheir open and multicultural society.

"Taiwan is capable of taking the impact of different values, andI think a society that values freedom and human rights will be morestable than the one that does not," he added.

Wu'er made his remarks at a press conference with Wang Dan,another Chinese dissident in exile in Taiwan, where they denouncedthe Hong Kong government for refusing to give them entry visas toexpress their condolences on the death of a pro-democracy leaderthere.

Wu'er and Wang demanded that the Hong Kong government explain whythey were not allowed to pay their respects to the memory of SzetoWah, the late chairman of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support ofPatriotic Democratic Movements in China, who died early this month.

(By Kuo Mei-lan, Charles Kang and S.C. Chang)