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Taiwan: UN Referendum & Chiang Kai-shek Shrine Closed, Two Stories

December 26, 2007

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

TAIPEI (AP) – Taiwan’s opposition presidential candidate warned President Chen Shui-bian on Tuesday that pushing for a referendum on United Nations membership could bring the island disaster.The referendum, to take place in tandem with a presidential election in March, will ask Taiwanese voters whether they would support an application to join the U.N. as Taiwan rather than under its official title, the Republic of China.

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Taiwan closes mausoleum of Chiang Kai-shek

TAIPEI, Taiwan – Authorities closed the mausoleum of Taiwan’s late dictator Chiang Kai-shek yesterday as part of the ruling party’s vigorous campaign to diminish the legacy of the late leader.The Defense Ministry ordered the guards to pull out and closed the spacious mausoleum in Taoyuan in northern Taiwan, shutting out dozens of people hoping to pay their respects.Chiang fled to Taiwan and ruled the island with an iron fist after his Nationalists were defeated by Mao Zedong’s communists on the mainland in 1949. His 1975 burial in the mausoleum was meant to be temporary – until the Nationalists could one day return to rule the mainland.

On Sunday, President Chen Shui-bian told a political rally that closing the mausoleum would save taxpayers money.

But the move also comes amid a campaign by Chen’s Democratic Progressive Party to wipe out the late leader’s legacy. Authorities have renamed the Chiang Kai-shek international airport and park commemorating Chiang in the capital, Taipei.

DPP officials say the democratic island should stop honoring a dictator. But many members of the Nationalist Party – now the main opposition – say Chiang blocked a communist invasion and contributed to Taiwan’s security and economic development.

Chen’s government had planned to rebury Chiang’s remains at a military cemetery near Taipei. Some of his relatives objected, saying Chiang should be buried in his hometown in China’s eastern Zhejiang Province. But other Nationalists have objected to a burial on the mainland as long as the political standoff continues with China.


Taiwan Defies U.S., Seeks U.N. Membership Under Debated Name

July 21, 2007

By Edward Cody 
Washington Post Foreign Service
Saturday, July 21, 2007; Page A09

BEIJING, July 21 — Brushing aside warnings from the Bush administration, the Taiwanese government of President Chen Shui-bian announced Friday that it has applied for U.N.  membership under the name Taiwan.  

Chen’s move, the latest tactic in a long campaign to promote Taiwan’s sovereignty, drew an immediate condemnation from mainland China, which has vowed to use force if necessary to prevent the self-ruled island from acquiring formal independence.

“We resolutely oppose it and will….

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