Outspoken lawmaker Lee to launch China Wisdom Party

The China Post news staff

TAIPEI, Taiwan — A new political party, named China Wisdom Party, was officially inaugurated yesterday by Lee Ao, an essayist-turned independent lawmaker known for his outspokenness.

Lee announced the formation of the new party at a press conference during which he assumed the chairmanship of the party amid an ovation from his fans and supporters.

Two Ministry of the Interior officials in charge of political party affairs were invited to the ceremony to prove that Lee has completed all the registration formalities for the establishment of a new party. Lee, who has advocated unification of both sides of the Taiwan Strait, said the establishment of the China Wisdom Party is designed to inspire nationals not to be fooled again by Taiwan’s two major political parties; the Kuomintang (KMT) and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). He said the KMT has long cheated Taiwanese people by claiming to defend the existence of the “Republic of China” (ROC) while the DPP has been cheating people that it will establish the “Republic of Taiwan.”

“In public, the KMT likes to proclaim the continued existence of the Republic of China. But in private, its late leader — Chiang Kai-shek — confessed in a March 13, 1950 secret conversation that the Republic of China already perished along with the fall of the Chinese mainland to Communist hands in 1949,” Lee told reporters. Accordingly, “Wisdom will help us no longer believe that the ROC is a country,” Lee continued.

“Only wisdom can make us no longer believe in Taiwan independence as long provoked by the DPP. Since the DPP was established 21 years ago, the party has been claiming to set up the “Republic of Taiwan,” but it has daren’t announce Taiwan’s independence, an ultimate goal enshrined in its platform, although it has seized power for over seven years,” Lee stressed.

Lee then unveiled an IQ testing-style “intelligence questionnaire” to serve as the China Wisdom Party’s “smart and intelligent” platform. He further said his new party is more like a fan club, rather than an old-fashioned political party.

“Voters need not pay a dime to gain party membership,” Lee said, adding that the party’s fans or members need only cast ballots for him during an election.

Lee said he has decided to seek re-election in the Jan. 12, 2008 legislative election in Taipei City’s Wenshan district.

The upcoming legislative election will adopt a new “single-member constituency, two ballots’ electoral system and the number of seats to be up for grabs will be halved to 113 from the current 225.

Such a system is believed to favor candidates with the support of a major political party. Lee said he understands he would face an uphill battle in seeking re-election. “But I won’t be daunted by possible challenges ahead. I’ll go for broke,” he added confidently.