Taiwan’s future will be decided by its people under the constitution of the Republic of China, Apple Daily reported Thursday, citing a government statement.
The announcement came after Fan Liqing, a spokeswoman for the Taiwan Affairs Office, said Taiwan’s future must be determined by all Chinese people.
Fan made the comment after William Lai, mayor of Taiwan’s Tainan prefecture, was reported to have suggested independence for the island during a recent visit to Shanghai, the report said.
Taiwan netizens railed against Fan’s comments and told Beijing to back off. They were joined by sympathizers in Hong Kong who said China has now shown its true face.
In the 2008 election campaign, Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou said the island’s future will be decided by its people but opposition politicians accused him of not being forceful and clear enough in articulating his position.
More than half of Taiwanese consider Fan’s comments a form of intimidation that could only dim the prospect of reunification, the newspaper said, citing its own survey.
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