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New Party leader delivers speech at People's University(07/12/05)

The aim of the trip to the Chinese mainland by Taiwan's New Party delegation is to promote the nation's revitalization and arouse patriotism and nationalism among the young generation, said the party's chairman Yok Mu-ming on Tuesday.

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     Taiwan's New Party leader stressed in Beijing on July 12 that all the Chinese people across the Taiwan Straits should devote more efforts to promoting the nation's reunification cause.

    "The reunification has not yet been achieved, all the Chinese compatriots should spare no effort to this end," said Yok Mu-ming, chairman of the small opposition party in Taiwan when delivering a speech at the Beijing-based People's University of China.

    Yok is heading a 30-member delegation for an eight-day journey to the mainland with the theme of commemorating the 60th anniversary of China's victory over the war against the Japanese aggression from last Wednesday.

    He said the aim of the delegation's trip to the Chinese mainland is to promote the nation's revitalization and arouse patriotism and nationalism among the young generation.

    In his speech, Yok recalled the journey in the past seven days. His delegation paid homage to the Huanghuagang 72 Martyrs' Cemetery in Guangzhou, a city in south China's Guangdong Province,the first leg of its four-city trip.

    It also visited the Mausoleum of Dr. Sun Yat-sen in Nanjing, capital of east China's Jiangsu Province, and offered condolences to victims of the Nanjing Massacre at the Memorial Hall of Compatriots Murdered in Nanjing.

    During their stay in Dalian, a port city in northeast China's Liaoning Province, Yok and his entourage visited some historical sites including the Museum of Lushun Japanese and Russian Prison and Wanzhong Cemetery, a site in commemoration of the Chinese people's resistance against Japanese invasion.

    "The wartime history tells us that only unity can bring a country prosperity and a nation rejuvenation," Yok said.

    He noted that the biggest fruit of the mainland trip is to havea better understanding of Chinese national spirits, which he will take back to Taiwan.

    But he also pointed out that the Taiwan authorities have deliberately played down celebrations on China's victory over the resistant war against Japanese aggression on the island, which indicates their evident inclination to "independence".

    He also expressed firm opposition to those who still have Japanese imperialist mentality and look down upon their Chinese compatriots, accusing Lee Teng-hui as such a representative.

    "Chinese should not fight against Chinese and Chinese should help Chinese," he stressed.

    He said that his party is an element of the Chinese nation and will do its utmost to promote national unity.

    Yok is the third opposition party leader from Taiwan to lead a party delegation for a mainland trip this year, succeeding to Lien Chan, chairman of Kuomintang (KMT), and James CY Soong, chairman of the People First Party (PFP).


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