by Matthew Strong
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Democratic Progressive Party presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen on Wednesday called on the government to be vigilant after news that the Middle Eastern terror group ISIS had included a Taiwanese flag in its list of enemies.
At the same time, it also became known that Taiwan’s representative in the United States had attended a briefing about the campaign against the Islamic State group, which launched major attacks in France on November 13.
The government needed to present measures concerning the terrorist threat and to pay close attention to the issue, Tsai was quoted as saying. She reportedly made the remarks during the regular meeting of the Central Standing Committee of the DPP, which she chairs.
As a member of the international community, Taiwan will participate in relevant meetings out of interest in regional security and humanitarian relief, Tsai reportedly said. Members of the CSC said the terrorist problem was an important issue, especially since the DPP was preparing to govern. A majority of opinion polls indicate that Tsai will be elected president next January 16.
ISIS published a video entitled “No Respite,” which featured an illustration of 60 flags under the title “The Global Coalition against the Islamic State.” The Taiwanese national flag was pictures next to the flag of the United States.
The government said it would sharpen its security measures, including increasing the use of dogs at major airports, while President Ma Ying-jeou called on the public not to panic.
Taiwan representative in the US Shen Lyu-shun reportedly attended a November 23 anti-terror meeting of 59 nations at the State Department in Washington, D.C. which was addressed by Vice President Joseph Biden.
Taiwan’s sudden mention as an ally in the fight against ISIS by the US has come under fire domestically, with Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je suggesting Washington was only interested in Taiwan’s money.