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Jun 4, 2008

Ma's Tiananmen speech

First article about it I could find in English ...

Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou issued a mild statement Wednesday to mark the 19th anniversary of the massacre in Beijing's Tiananmen Square and urged China to introduce democracy.

Ma has toned down his message from previous anniversaries when as mayor of Taipei he lashed China for violating human rights. In office for just two weeks, the new president doesn't want to spoil the current harmonious atmosphere across the Taiwan Strait.

Instead of blasting China for killing pro-democracy activities and trampling human rights, Ma praised China for its quick relief effort following the May 12 earthquake in Sichuan Province and more freedom in press coverage of the quake, before criticizing China's lack of democracy.

'I have taken part in the memorial activities for the June 4 massacre in previous years. The biggest difference with this anniversary is that three weeks ago Sichuan was hit by a major earthquake,' Ma wrote in his three-paragraph message.

'Mainland officials' quick relief effort, concern for the quake-region residents, opening of press coverage, welcoming foreign rescue teams, friendliness to Taiwanese rescue teams - all these have received favourable media coverage and show that China's three-decade reform and opening up have achieved results,' he wrote.


1 comment:

STOP Ma said...

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You know, I don't get this notion that China has "opened-up" after the earthquake. It was a natural disaster. It was a natural disaster that would allow China to receive much wanted sympathy after the Tibet situation. And the media blackout over Tibet occurred just months ago.

WTF?!!
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