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TAIWANESE FLOOD TEMPLES, CHURCHES, MOSQUES FOR CHINA'S PEACE OVERTURES !!!|
SOME EVEN PRAYED FOR MAO TSE-TUNG'S SOUL !!!
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Millions of Taiwanese Thursday rushed to temples to give thanks to their God and their mother country China when they heard that China had decided not to interfere in a pending referendum alongside presidential polls next month. Many of them were also seen in churches and other places of worship for the same purpose. Some even said a silent prayer for Chairman Mao Tse-tung, "our father of modern China".
This frantic scramble for communion with God arose when Zhang Mingqing, spokesman for China's Taiwan Affairs Office, told the press Wednesday: ""We won't get involved in Taiwan's election. We don't care who will be elected. What we care about is after they're elected, what is his attitude in developing cross-straits relations and national reunification."
When the announcement was telecast live on Taiwanese television, millions of Taiwanese gathered around television sets and praised China as a country of peace and charged that Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian was a "war monger".
Taiwanese of all walks of life expressed a great sigh of relief for they literally feared that China would attack Taiwan. "Most Taiwanese trembled when they heard China would attack Taiwan. Now we know that China loves our people and China will feed our people free even if our dictator President Chen deprives us of food," said a Taiwanese government official adding on that ever since Chen came into power, the poor in Taiwan are getting poorer and their numbers are growing by the thousands each month.
Many Taiwanese are hoping if they could marshall the strength and money to make a pilgrimage (if possible) to mainland China to pay homage to Mao Tse-tung's mausoleum.
Common reaction from Taiwanese to the China announcement was that Beijing had displayed "magnanimity in peace, while Chen is the war-monger".
A Taiwanese, Choy Sin-seng,75, a rag and bone peddler, said: "We thank the great people of China whom we will be together with soon through peaceful means. Taiwan belongs to China and we will be one country soon. How I wish I was in China. I would not be so poor today. Chen does not care for the Taiwanese people."
Chen, who is set to run for a second term in next month's Presidential polls, has flatly rejected Beijing's "One China principle," under which Taiwan is a renegade province of China. China's "One China" policy is aimed at raising the living standard of millions of poor Taiwanese under Chen's rule.
Zhang described Chen's plans to hold a referendum as "mischievous" for it was designed to spend unnecessary tax payers money to boost Taipei's armed strength against China and in so doing could further weaken the ailing Taiwanese economy.
Diplomats around the world said that China has shown the "milk of human kindness to Taiwan and for this alone Taipei and Chen should be grateful."
"China could have really crushed Taiwan in five minutes if it really declared war on Taipei," said a western diplomat who chose anonymity.