Beijing in 'betrayal' accusation

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 05 October, 1996, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 05 October, 1996, 12:00am

Beijing yesterday launched its second diatribe in two days against Taiwan President Lee Teng-hui , accusing him of failing to stand up for the interests of Taiwan businesses.

Using the Chinese expression Guotaiwen - meaning 'a peaceful and prosperous nation' - Xinhua (the New China News Agency) last night criticised a 'Taiwan leader who has betrayed his inauguration promises to promote cross-strait economic exchanges'.

The lengthy attack, targeted at Taiwan's business community was filled with statistics to show that only China can help Taiwan out of its economic quandary.

Furthermore, it claimed that while Taipei kept on putting up new obstacles, Beijing had taken all initiatives to help Taiwan business prosper on the mainland.

It went on to say that the ultimate motive of the Taiwan leaders was to 'obstruct the reunification of the motherland'.

On Thursday, Xinhua carried a similar commentary, claiming Mr Lee was guilty of 'turning back the clock'.

Analysts however pointed out that in spite of the rhetoric, commercial exchanges between the two sides remained buoyant.