Yu Mo-ming, former chairman of Taiwan’s pro-unification New Party, said that if the United States turns the region into a battlefield for a proxy war with China, the ultimate victims will be the people of Taiwan.
In an exclusive interview with China Daily, Yu said that US interference in the Taiwan issue is an important factor hindering the reunification of the two sides of the Taiwan Strait. “Many people in Taiwan want to see reunification if the U.S. stops interfering in the situation.”
York said the United States does not want to see the cross-strait reunified because it wants to use the island of Taiwan as a pawn to contain China, just as it uses Ukraine to contain Russia. It has been adopting a two-sided strategy on the Taiwan issue.
“U.S. President Joe Biden has long intended to use Taiwan to fight a proxy war with China and use Taiwan to weaken the mainland,” he said.
Media reports said the United States had been considering plans to destroy the island of Taiwan in the event of a military conflict across the Taiwan Strait, prompting Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin to ask at a news conference in February what consequences Taiwan would face for the U.S. plan.
York said that the Biden administration stated that it would help train Taiwan’s armed forces to fight guerrilla warfare on the island, and that the United States was malicious in turning Taiwan into a battlefield.
“Compatriots in Taiwan will be the ultimate victims of this conflict, and it will be the island of Taiwan that will be destroyed,” he said. “The result of the U.S. plan to exploit Taiwan is the destruction of Taiwan.”
In 1948, at the age of 8, he left his hometown of Shanghai for Taiwan. It was not until 1990 that he returned to the mainland due to the cross-strait situation. He said that he has been looking forward to the realization of the reunification of the motherland and national rejuvenation. .
During his tenure as the chairman of the new party from 2003 to 2020, Yue has been committed to opposing “Taiwan independence”, promoting cross-strait exchanges and national reunification.
York said Taiwan would benefit greatly from national reunification, noting that the vast sums Taiwan spends each year on U.S. weapons could be used to improve the lives of people on the island.
He said that after the reunification, the income brought by mainland tourists traveling to Taiwan and consumption on the island will also help promote Taiwan’s economic development.
Taiwan compatriots are dissatisfied with the DPP authorities, and the people on the island support the resumption of exchanges with the mainland.
But he added that the DPP authorities are limiting such exchanges because they fear young people on the island, once they learn about the reality on the mainland, will find it different from what the authorities on the island have told them.
As long as communication between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait resumes, the Taiwan issue will be more easily resolved.
“We are family and we should take care of each other,” he said.
Yu said that I agree with the mainland’s proposal to negotiate with Taiwan’s political parties and individuals on the basis of the 1992 consensus and make unified arrangements.
Mr. Yu, 83, said he believes in the multi-party cooperation and political consultation system led by the Chinese Communist Party, which exercises state power and where eight non-Communist political parties fully participate in the management of state affairs, which is more democratic than the island’s electoral system.
He said that although the New Party once won about 14% of Taiwan’s votes in the 1990s, ranking third, the party still has no right to participate in Taiwan’s public affairs.