VP Lu publishes controversial new book

By Hsieh Kuo-lien, The China Post

Vice President Annette Lu, who published her new book yesterday about what she has said over the last twelve months, said she would never work as a silent vice president. She introduced the book to the public, the 13th published by her, a week before she and President Chen Shui-bian celebrated their first anniversary after taking office. The new book, entitled True Words for Taiwan — Vice President Annette Lu’s First Year in Office, went on sale yesterday.

She told reporters that the publication of her book was aimed to inform the taxpayers of what she had said and done over the last twelve months. Some have said Taiwan’s vice president ought not to make too many remarks, but she disagreed and said “it would definitely be out of the question,” adding,”she would never work as a silent vice president.” She said many people have tried to know her through the media, but she said her image has often been twisted by local media. She said the book was published to help the public better understand what she has been thinking, and she hoped that the people of Taiwan would evaluate what she has said and done after reading the book. The vice president said she has watched a mainland-made soap opera showing a loyal official’s relations with an emperor in the Ching Dynasty. She looked forward to seeing more wise and loyal officials say “true words” to the president. Lu’s book collects a number of media reports and speeches delivered by the vice president. In the book, Lu shared with the people of Taiwan, her views on the relations between Taiwan and the mainland, on Taiwan’s national defense, finance and women’s rights, environmental protection, as well as Taiwan’s relations with other countries. She believed that Taiwan would be capable of competing with the mainland because Taiwan’s advanced technology, respect for human rights, democracy, peace and love. Although many of Taiwan’s businessmen have been making investments in the mainland, the communist government has not returned any gestures of goodwill towards the Taiwanese, she said. She cautioned the Taiwanese that Taiwan must spend a huge amount of money to purchase high-profile weapons to defend itself, because the mainland Chinese government has deployed more than 300 ballistic missiles along the mainland’s southeastern coast. She looks forward to seeing the people of Taiwan build up not only national defense but also mental defense. In an attempt to end the current political chaos, the vice president promoted the proposal of “proportional cabinet system” in the book. She hoped that the major political parties would be granted the right, after the year-end legislative election, to recommend cabinet members to the president. She also said she is hopeful that the major political parties would be able to make recommendations based on the proportion of the legislative seats they hold. The president still has the final word on the parties’ recommendation list, according to Lu’s proposal. In Lu’s plan, politicians of the opposition parties will no longer irrationally object to the Chen administration’s policies because close political relations between the two sides had been formed. Having realized that she could be cursed by those who disagreed with the proposal of “proportional cabinet system”, Lu said “any forms of critics are welcome.” In her book, she also proposed to establish an Asia-Pacific Union.