TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Former Taiwanese diplomat Liu Shih-chieh (劉仕傑) hailed Kuomintang (KMT) chairman Eric Chu (朱立倫) on Friday (October 1) for his lackluster response to China’s interference at the 27th International Association for the development of World Cup of Apnea Depth (AIDA).
Chu had a. made Facebook post He said he made “a solemn appeal” to Beijing not to suppress Taiwan on the international stage so that the two sides of the strait have positive interactions and development. He added that there are still many Taiwanese people who are objective and express goodwill towards China and that such bellicose behavior will only alienate them.
The KMT chairman said that while cross-strait politics and relations may be complicated, what Taiwanese want is very simple. “We want to see that our national flag can fly freely and that we are not oppressed in the struggle for international space,” he said.
Liu left a comment that blasted Chu’s response by saying he was “super baffled” and didn’t understand why the KMT chairman used the word “appeal” instead of “condemn”, according to the Liberty Times.
“Are you afraid of the wrath of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)?” Asked the former diplomat. Liu also found Chu’s decision to avoid the terms “CCP” and “Chinese government” strange.
“You might as well refer to Taiwan as ‘Taipei’?” He said. “What happened to a KMT (戰鬥 藍) who was ready to fight?”
Liu pointed out that Chu’s comments delegitimized Taiwan’s sovereignty and were cowardly.
The term “combat-ready KMT” was embossed by Chairman of the Broadcasting Corp of China, Jaw Shaw-kong (趙少康), pointing to the mentality that the KMT will fight to the end of every challenge it faces.
Five Taiwanese freedivers were ready to take part in the 27th AIDA World Depth Championships in Limassol. Cyprus from September 20-30 with 150 other athletes. But on Tuesday (September 28th), the organizer AIDA abruptly removed the Taiwan flag in its livestream from the list of the best.
Then athletes from Russia, the USA, Croatia, the Netherlands, Australia, South Korea, France, Germany and Slovenia demanded the removal of their flags in solidarity with their Taiwanese competitors.