Tsai urges China to think be­yond KMT-CCP frame­work

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Op­po­si­tion leader Tsai Ing­wen yes­ter­day urged China to think be­yond the Com­mu­nistNa­tion­al­ist frame­work in or­der to see new pos­si­bil­i­ties in crossstrait re­la­tions.

Tsai said the peo­ple of Tai­wan have been dis­grun­tled by the Kuom­intang (KMT) ad­min­is­tra­tion han­dling cross- strait re­la­tions as if they were af­fairs be­tween the rul­ing party and its com­mu­nist coun­ter­part in China.

“We hope China can break free from the KMT-Com­mu­nist men­tal­ity while think­ing of cross-strait re­la­tions,” Tsai told the press be­fore giv­ing a speech at an event in Taipei. “This will open up new pos­si­bil­i­ties for cross- strait re­la­tions and let cross- strait re­la­tions be­come more sta­ble.”

Tsai was re­peat­ing what she has been stress­ing re­cently about cross-strait re­la­tions be­ing af­fairs con­cern­ing two gov­ern­ments rather than two par­ties only — namely the KMT and the Chi­nese Com­mu­nist Party (CCP).

The op­po­si­tion leader, who is set to rep­re­sent the pro-in­de­pen­dence Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party (DPP) in the 2016 pres­i­den­tial race, has also clearly spelled out her sup­port of the cross-strait sta­tus quo.

The con­struc­tion of crossstrait re­la­tions into re­la­tions be­tween the KMT and CCP has cre­ated a lot of prob­lems in the past, and this must not be re­peated, said Tsai, who heads the main op­po­si­tion DPP.

Tsai also crit­i­cized Pres­i­dent Ma Ying- jeou for en­cour­ag­ing KMT Chair­man Eric Chu to visit Chi­nese leader Xi Jin­ping in or­der to strengthen cross-strait re­la­tions.

She said the big­gest prob­lem that Ma has been mak­ing over the past seven years is his fail­ure to make a distinc­tion be­tween party and gov­ern­ment af­fairs.

It has been widely ru­mored that Chu is go­ing over to China in May to meet with Xi.

But Tsai noted that there has been no of­fi­cial con­fir­ma­tion so far about the Chu-Xi meet, and she de­clined to make fur­ther com­ments on the ru­mor.

Tsai also faulted the Cabi­netlevel Main­land Af­fairs Coun­cil (MAC) for dis­miss­ing her open sup­port of the cross-strait sta­tus quo as “lack­ing sub­stan­tial con­tent.” The MAC said Tsai can­not deal with such a “core mat­ter” with “am­bi­gu­i­ties.”

But Tsai said she has been the head of the MAC, and knows that such an im­por­tant Cabi­net body must main­tain its neu­tral­ity.

She said the MAC had made a “very in­ap­pro­pri­ate” re­sponse to her re­marks, and the MAC chief must be blamed for the “mis­take.”

She said there are many out­stand­ing peo­ple in the MAC, and they must not be used as “po­lit­i­cal tools.”

Mean­while, KMT spokesman Yang Wei-chung said the rul­ing party has al­ways treated crossstrait re­la­tions as re­la­tions be­tween Tai­wan and main­land China, and the DPP chair­woman, who has headed the MAC, knows it.

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