VP reiterates wish to cement peaceful ties with mainland


Hsieh Kuo-lien, The China Post

Vice President Annette Lu yesterday reiterated Taiwan’s wish to maintain peaceful relations with mainland China when she met with Rep. Benjamin Gilman, chairman emeritus of the U.S. House International Relations Committee. The U.S. delegation led by Gilman arrived in Taipei yesterday to attend the “World Peace Forum” and related activities organized by the vice president. The World Peace Forum with a theme of “Creating Eternal Peace in the Taiwan Strait” is scheduled for Aug. 15-16 and is a key part of a campaign titled “Voice From Taiwan; Peace and Love.”

Lu is expected to address the opening ceremony of the forum. Describing Taiwan as “Hello Kitty,” an adorable cartoon character with gentle nature, Lu told the U.S. delegation that Taiwan has won the international community’s support after it became a democratic country. The vice president said the mainland, on the other hand, is a fierce lion, which has never ceased threatening the use of force over Taiwan. Communist China considers Taiwan part of its territory and has pledged to reunify the country, by force if necessary. Lu said she arranged the campaign to work out measures to make the adorable Hello Kitty and fierce lion get along peacefully. She anticipates that the participants in the series of activities will use their wisdom to forward Taiwan’s hope for peace to the international community. Gilman, in response, reiterated his strong support for Taiwan’s participation in all the international organizations, including the United Nations. The U.S. political heavyweight also urged the nations on the opposite the Taiwan Strait to resolve disputes with peaceful measures. Stressing that communist China should cease to use force against Taiwan, Gilman said he agreed with Lu’s goals for the series of campaigns. He anticipated that Hello Kitty would stand up with courage and make good use of Taiwan’s democracy to cement peaceful ties with the lion. Yesterday afternoon, the vice president also met with members of delegations from Japan and South Korea, who will participate in the campaign to promote peace for the world.The China Post Vice President Annette Lu yesterday reiterated Taiwan’s wish to maintain peaceful relations with mainland China when she met with Rep. Benjamin Gilman, chairman emeritus of the U.S. House International Relations Committee. The U.S. delegation led by Gilman arrived in Taipei yesterday to attend the “World Peace Forum” and related activities organized by the vice president. The World Peace Forum with a theme of “Creating Eternal Peace in the Taiwan Strait” is scheduled for Aug. 15-16 and is a key part of a campaign titled “Voice From Taiwan; Peace and Love.”

Lu is expected to address the opening ceremony of the forum. Describing Taiwan as “Hello Kitty,” an adorable cartoon character with gentle nature, Lu told the U.S. delegation that Taiwan has won the international community’s support after it became a democratic country. The vice president said the mainland, on the other hand, is a fierce lion, which has never ceased threatening the use of force over Taiwan. Communist China considers Taiwan part of its territory and has pledged to reunify the country, by force if necessary. Lu said she arranged the campaign to work out measures to make the adorable Hello Kitty and fierce lion get along peacefully. She anticipates that the participants in the series of activities will use their wisdom to forward Taiwan’s hope for peace to the international community. Gilman, in response, reiterated his strong support for Taiwan’s participation in all the international organizations, including the United Nations. The U.S. political heavyweight also urged the nations on the opposite the Taiwan Strait to resolve disputes with peaceful measures. Stressing that communist China should cease to use force against Taiwan, Gilman said he agreed with Lu’s goals for the series of campaigns.