DPP Blames China for Loss of Diplomatic Ally|對斷交負政治責任? 蘇揆表態力挺吳釗燮
The decision of the Solomon Islands to sever diplomatic relations with Taiwan has created new challenges for the diplomatic community. Premier Su Tseng-chang and Foreign Affairs Minister Joseph Wu attended a legislative interpellation on Sept. 17. The media asked Su if Wu will take responsibility for this fiasco and resign, and Su responded he supports Wu. Meanwhile, Wu ignored questions about whether he is staying or leaving.
The new legislative session opened on Sept. 17 with a boycott staged by Kuomintang legislators. They demanded that the Democratic Progressive Party provide a complete explanation for the cigarette smuggling scandal involving Presidential Office personnel, as well as the revocation of a draft bill banning "agents of the Chinese Communist Party." They refused to vacate the rostrum for Premier Su Tseng-chang to deliver an administrative report until their demands were met. The KMT also criticized the DPP for losing yet another diplomatic ally under its administration. The loss of the Solomon Islands means the number of remaining diplomatic allies has dropped to a record low of 16. In response, Su said Taiwan's diplomacy is facing challenges and frontline diplomatic personnel need the support of everyone.
This has taken a toll on our diplomatic relations, and everyone should be even more united at this moment. Everyone needs to continue to work hard together to defend Taiwan's international space and friendships.
Foreign Affairs Minister Joseph Wu has held the position for 19 months and lost four diplomatic allies during this time. When asked if Wu should shoulder the political responsibility, Su responded the president is the one making personnel decisions and he respects her decision. On Sept. 16, Wu said he is taking responsibility, although he didn't give a direct response when asked whether he is staying or leaving.
I explained everything very clearly yesterday.
KMT lawmakers highlighted the DPP's diplomatic failures, while DPP legislators acclaimed the work of diplomatic personnel and criticized China for suppressing Taiwan's international space.
This avalanche of severing ties continues, and now we are up to six. During the eight years of the Ma administration, there was only Gambia (that severed relations with Taiwan).
(China) is throwing money around to steal our diplomatic ally. I believe President Tsai Ing-wen already said it, that she will not use dollar diplomacy to conduct our foreign affairs.
Su also sought to shift the blame to China, criticizing its unscrupulous suppression. He encouraged everyone to continue engaging the international community in agriculture, culture, and other areas. Meanwhile, the KMT requested the presence of President Tsai Ing-wen in the legislature to explain this debacle.
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