But island fails to spell out strong retaliatory measures to back rhetoric Taiwan yesterday strongly condemned the mainland for enacting the anti-secession law but failed to spell out strong retaliatory steps in support of its rhetoric. Analysts said the absence of any concrete retaliation heeded US calls for Taiwan to refrain from taking drastic action that could further complicate the situation. Apart from demanding an apology from the mainland and branding the anti-secession law as a war decree that would upset cross-strait and regional stability, Taiwanese authorities said they would put off consideration of further liberalisation of links with the mainland. 'The best counter-measure is to have the international community condemn China,' said Joseph Wu Jau-shieh, head of the island's top mainland policy planning body, the Mainland Affairs Council. 'We will take into consideration the effect of the law and the emotion of the people in assessing our cross-strait policy.' Asked if there would be any concrete action taken against the mainland, Mr Wu said Taiwan would not consider direct charter cargo flights or holiday passenger flights for the time being. He also said Taiwan had no plans for a referendum to further define its political status. 'We have no plan to hold a defensive referendum at this point because Taiwan is a responsible member of the international community and will act in a responsible way and work jointly with the international community.' Mr Wu said Taiwan would continue to seek international support against the law. He criticised Premier Wen Jiabao for trying to cover up the enactment of a 'seriously provocative' law by saying that the legislation did not target the Taiwanese people. He was referring to Mr Wen's comments at a news conference in Beijing that the mainland would open up to imports of farm products from Tainan, the home town of Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian, to show that the law was not targeting Taiwanese. 'If they want to import, they should import the typical product of Tainan, that is the democratically elected president,' Mr Wu said. The passage of the law triggered uproar in Taiwan with the pro-independence Taiwan Solidarity Union staging a 24-hour hunger strike and burning the Chinese flag outside the legislature. Led by Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou, the leaders of 13 of Taiwan's local governments, who are from opposition parties, also issued a joint statement to condemn the mainland. Local government leaders of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party also issued a statement hitting out at Beijing.