China says Taiwan remarks on dissident Liu ‘very dangerous’


Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen poses for photographs during an interview with Reuters at the Presidential Office in Taipei, Taiwan April 27, 2017.Tyrone Siu/Files

BEIJING (Reuters) – China accused Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen of aggravating tension across the Taiwan Strait on Friday, citing her comments following the death of Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo as an example of “repeated arbitrary attacks”.

Tsai said on Thursday that the self-ruled island hoped China could show self-confidence and promote political reform, after the dissident Liu died of cancer.

“Only through democracy, in which every Chinese person has freedom and respect, can China truly become a proud and important country,” she said.

Ma Xiaoguang, spokesman for China’s Taiwan Affairs Office, was quoted by the official Xinhua news agency as saying that such “reckless” comments were “very dangerous” for cross-strait relations.

Liu, who died aged 61, was sentenced to 11 years jail in 2009 for “inciting subversion of state power” after he helped write a petition known as “Charter 08” calling for sweeping political reforms.

Reiterating the Chinese government’s line, Ma said Liu was sentenced due to violating the law and that “China made all-out efforts to treat him humanely in accordance with the law”.

Beijing distrusts Tsai and her ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) because it traditionally advocates independence for Taiwan. Beijing says the island is part of China and has never renounced the use of force to bring it under its control.

Ma said Tsai and the DPP had “lifted the deceptive veil” of maintaining the status quo in cross-strait relations and that the repeated attacks were an attempt to pull ties back to “tensity and turbulence”.

“Such behavior is very dangerous,” he said, according to the Xinhua report, which was carried only in English.

China has bristled previously at Tsai’s comments on China’s political system.

In June, it issued an angry response when Tsai offered to help China transition to democracy while marking the 28th anniversary of 1989’s violent suppression of pro-democracy protests in and around Beijing’s Tiananmen Square.

Reporting by Philip Wen; Editing by Jacqueline Wong and Ben Blanchard

Source: Reuters “China says Taiwan remarks on dissident Liu ‘very dangerous’”

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6 Comments on “China says Taiwan remarks on dissident Liu ‘very dangerous’”

  1. Fre Okin says:

    ““Only through democracy, in which every Chinese person has freedom and respect, can China truly become a proud and important country,” she said.”

    Monkey talk from a silly woman who don’t know how democracy works.

    “Taiwan lawmakers grab each other’s throats and throw water bombs in parliament brawl”
    xxxhttp://www.telegraph.xxxco.uk/news/2017/07/13/taiwan-lawmakers-grab-others-throats-throw-water-bombs-parliament/

    This Taiwanese backward democracy nobody should be proud of. She should be reminded of the Legislative Yuan occupation by the Sunflower Movement a couple of years ago.

    I have to say Chinese propaganda department should be fired, full of useless bums over there who don’t know how to point to the opponents weaknesses. Because they always respond in a defensive manner and not attack the other side bad examples, they are seen as having done something wrong. Very very useless Communist BUM with Zero Marketing Skill!

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    • Steve says:

      True – China need a panel of offensive mouthpieces..hardly any bite in their counter offensive.

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      • Fre Okin says:

        Either they are stupid no good in English or just don’t understand how to win the public relations war. Repeating the same Useless propaganda only make people think China have no case to support her position. They have to admit they have security issues and not hide their weakness. Useless face saving thinking serve no purpose at all.

        I write a dozen comments in Washington Post about Liu to show why multi party system is not suitable for China at this stage. This silly Commie propaganda department only play defense and don’t understand how to play offense which the Americans are very good at.

        Maybe they can learn how to operate from me but of course with a bit more civility. Otherwise China will never be well understood by outsiders and never have sympathy from her diaspora who are mostly anti China. They have to Keep It Short as nobody have time to read anything more than a half page long.

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    • alking1957 says:

      True, problem is china does not do propaganda, and does not seem to know its importance, unlike the west, which rely on foremost, propaganda, backed up by powerful military!

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  2. Fre Okin says:

    ““Only through democracy, in which every Chinese person has freedom and respect, can China truly become a proud and important country,” she said.”

    Monkey talk from a silly woman who don’t know how democracy works.

    “Taiwan lawmakers grab each other’s throats and throw water bombs in parliament brawl”
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/13/taiwan-lawmakers-grab-others-throats-throw-water-bombs-parliament/

    This Taiwanese backward democracy nobody should be proud of. She should be reminded of the Legislative Yuan occupation by the Sunflower Movement a couple of years ago.

    I have to say Chinese propaganda department should be fired, full of useless bums over there who don’t know how to point to the opponents weaknesses. Because they always respond in a defensive manner and not attack the other side bad examples, they are seen as having done something wrong. Very very useless Communist BUM with Zero Marketing Skill!

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  3. Steve says:

    This disgusting Tsai is a cross between a rogue and traitor. Her remarks are derogatory and despicable. She is just a smart arse trying to push China’s Autocratic govt. into implementing her values of US sponsored democratic crap, that is sending Taiwan into an ever widening pothole.

    She fell short in saying that democracy is an all embracing political philosophy, which is not. In fact it is one of the greatest political weapon used by the US to promote it’s hegemonic conquest. People are hoodwinked with the idea of freedom of democracy, but has failed in developing countries and nations from Russia to Venezuela to Africa to Thailand to the Philippines to Indonesia/Malaysia/Middle East under Islamism (open democracy?), and so on.

    Just like in Singapore, a firm govt. will stop any extreme egocentric unruly behaviour before it manifest, but a rogue govt. like Taiwan, US are elected on charismatic promises, lies and deceit.

    China should seriously consider choking this provincial island on some of it’s necessities. Tsai is definitely feeling the heat on her diminishing popularity ratings and soon can’t wait to jump ship before the next election. She is using Liu Xiaobo as a pretext to cover up her incompetency.

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