Ma again calls on Tsai to ex­plain cross-strait sta­tus quo

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY JOSEPH YEH

Pres­i­dent Ma Ying-jeou yesterday again called on op­po­si­tion Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party (DPP) pres­i­den­tial can­di­date and chair­woman Tsai Ing- wen to ex­plain what she means by main­tain­ing the sta­tus quo in crossstrait re­la­tions, stress­ing that Tsai’s fail­ure to do so could make Tai­wan a trou­ble­maker in the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity again.

Dur­ing his ad­dress at an in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ence in Taipei, Ma said over the past seven years, his ad­min­is­tra­tion, adopt­ing the “vi­able diplo­macy pol­icy,” has suc­cess­fully forged a vir­tu­ous cy­cle in both for­eign re­la­tions and crossstrait re­la­tions.

Prior to 2008, dur­ing the pre­vi­ous DPP ad­min­is­tra­tion, how­ever, Tai­wan’s re­la­tion­ship with main­land China was marked by ten­sion and con­fronta­tion, with both sides com­pet­ing for diplo­matic al­lies, which also tar­nished Tai­wan’s in­ter­na­tional im­age, mak­ing Tai­wan a “trou­ble­maker,” Ma said.

The vi­able diplo­macy al­lows Tai­wan to pro­mote cross-strait rec­on­cil­i­a­tion based on the “1992 Con­sen­sus,” that is, “one China, re­spec­tive in­ter­pre­ta­tions,” and ex­pand the R.O.C.’s in­ter­na­tional space.

Un­der this ap­proach, Ma said the R.O.C.’s in­ter­na­tional im­age has gone from “trou­ble­maker” to “peacemaker” over the past years.

How­ever, the pres­i­dent noted that re­cently, the chair­per­son of Tai­wan’s largest op­po­si­tion party, namely the DPP’s Tsai, has stated that if she is elected pres­i­dent, she will “main­tain the sta­tus quo.”

But Ma claimed that no one knows what the “sta­tus quo” Tsai talks about is.

“Is it the sta­tus quo of peace and sta­bil­ity that we’ve ex­pe­ri­enced for the past seven years, or is she talk­ing about the sta­tus quo that pre­ceded my ad­min­is­tra­tion, in which there was no cross-strait foun­da­tion of mu­tual trust, and the “sta­tus quo” con­sisted of a Tai­wan that was per­ceived by the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity as a ‘trou­ble­maker?’

“I cer­tainly hope the sta­tus quo is the for­mer rather than the lat­ter,” he said.

The pres­i­dent made the com­ments dur­ing his open­ing ad­dress dur­ing the Tai­wan-U.S.-Ja­pan Tri­lat­eral Se­cu­rity Di­a­logue in Taipei.

Ma has been re­peat­edly press­ing Tsai on the is­sue over the past months, ask­ing her to make clear whether she will up­hold the “1992 Con­sen­sus” to main­tain the crossstrait sta­tus quo if she wins the elec­tion next year since the DPP does not ac­cept the “1992 Con­sen­sus.”

Mean­while, Ma yesterday praised bet­ter-than-ever Tai­wan-U.S. and Tai­wan-Ja­pan re­la­tions dur­ing his past seven years in of­fice, say­ing that the R.O.C. gov­ern­ment will con­tinue to pro­mote closer three-way re­la­tions in years to come.

The R.O.C.-U.S.-Ja­pan Tri­lat­eral Se­cu­rity Di­a­logue fea­tured law­mak­ers and aca­demics from the three coun­tries. The one-day event was jointly or­ga­nized by Tai­wan’s Chi­nese Coun­cil of Ad­vanced Pol­icy Stud­ies, the U.S.-based think tank the Her­itage Foun­da­tion and Ja­pan’s In­sti­tute of In­ter­na­tional Af­fairs.

James Steinberg, a for­mer U.S. deputy sec­re­tary of state, was also in­vited to give a key­note ad­dress dur­ing yesterday’s di­a­logue.

He is cur­rently dean and pro­fes­sor of so­cial science, in­ter­na­tional af­fairs and law at the Maxwell School of Cit­i­zen­ship and Public Af­fairs at Syra­cuse Univer­sity.

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