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SHANGHAI, China (10 April 2000)- The latest, but undoubtedly not the last, name-calling escapade between mainland China and what it refers to as its renegade province Taiwan took place on Saturday morning. Chinese officials called Taiwan vice president elect Miss Lu “the scum of the Chinese nation” after she said on Hong Kong television that […]

SHANGHAI, China (10 April 2000)- The latest, but undoubtedly not the last, name-calling escapade between mainland China and what it refers to as its renegade province Taiwan took place on Saturday morning. Chinese officials called Taiwan vice president elect Miss Lu “the scum of the Chinese nation” after she said on Hong Kong television that Taiwan should only be a “remote relative and close neighbor” of mainland China, reported the International Herald Tribune. The
statement appeared on the front pages of all the Chinese newspapers on Saturday morning and on all the country’s television stations the night before. At the same time a Taiwan newspaper reported that Beijing was increasing pressure for unification talks. Miss Lu replied that Beijing’s criticism was wrong and said all she wanted was to improve Taiwan’s ties with China. (JW)

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