Tsai Ing-wen mentioned political progress between Taiwan and China
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) chair Tsai Ing-wen
proposed her policy agenda for next year’s
presidential election on Aug 23.
In the Mainland-Taiwan relation section of the “Ten Year Agenda,"
she urged for the governments on both sides to step out of the
historical framework, use the pursuit of common interests as
an objective to change the current confrontational relationship.
Tsai Ing-wen reiterated her disapproval of the “1992 consensus,"
again provoking political controversy.
President Ma Ying-jeou responded that this will
impact the state of Taiwan.
Tsai Ing-wen first published her presidential candidate
“Ten Year Agenda" on August 22,
and then added the “cross-strait" chapter on August 23,
which is composed of a “national security strategy" section
and a “cross-strait economy" section.
Tsai Ing-wen expressed that Taiwan is already
an independent country and must reach a “Taiwan consensus"
through democratic mechanisms;
with “friendly but not the same, friendly with share goal"
as basis to establish a new relationship with the mainland.
She reiterated that the “1992 consensus" does not exist.
The “1992 consensus" was an oral consensus that
was reached during a cross-strait talk in Hong Kong.
The Kuomintang (KMT) believe that core of the consensus was
“One China, two interpretations."
This means for Beijing, “One China" refers to
the People’s Republic of China,
but for Taiwan, “One China” refers to the Republic of China (ROC).
Tsai Ing-wen: “The person in charge at the time,
whether it was former president Lee or Mr. Koo Chen-fu,
they all said ‘1992 consensus’ does not exist,
so there is no issue of accepting it or not.
If (we) are to forcefully drag the entire country on
this concept that doesn’t exist,
this really doesn’t not meet the expectations
of a modern democratic society."
Mainland Affairs Council Chairman Lai Shin-yuan first raised
“eighteen questions," doubting Tsai’s cross-strait agenda.
The DPP responded by saying that mainland and Taiwan
have different understanding of the “1992 consensus."
Ma Ying-jeou once quoted a conversation between Hu Jintao
and former U.S president Bush,
saying that mainland’s stance is hoping that mainland and
Taiwan restore the “1992 consensus" and accept its existence.
Regarding the fact that Beijing believe that Tsai wants
“the concept of independent Taiwan,"
Tsai expressed that she believe the mainland government
can also think rationally,
and look at the cross-strait relations maturely.
DPP Legislative Yuan convener Ker Chien-ming expressed,
Tsai’s “cross-strait" agenda removed the outside doubts.
If the DPP wins the election next year, it will still sign
the ECFA cooperation agreement with the mainland.
However, as to whether the content will be modified,
that will be determined by a democratic process,
so it can be effectively supervised.
Lai Suru (KMT spokeswoman),
“We hope that she (Tsai) explain her direction in more detail,
if she does not recognize ‘1992 consensus,’
then she need to tell the people,
how will the cross-strait relationship develop in the future."
The 1958 bombing’s 53rd anniversary was on Aug 23.
President Ma Ying-jeou attended the “Republic of China
100 years of peace prayer day" activities in Jinmen.
On Aug 23, 1958, Chinese Communist Party (CCP) forces
bombarded Jinmen continuously for 40 days.
They fired 470,000 shells, which killed more than 2,000
civilians and military personals.
After 53 years, a peace bell was built using remains of
bomb shells and revealed in Jinmen.
President Ma Ying-jeou sounded the peace bell together
with Nobel Peace Prize winner and former South African
President F. W. de Klerk and other foreign guests,
praying for the cross-strait peace and the world peace.
President Ma expressed in his speech,
that when he took office three years ago,
with Taiwan’s interests in mind and
with “1992 consensus" as the basis,
he promotes cross-strait development,
which has led to signing of 15 different agreements.
His “no unification, no independence, no war" policy had
successfully reduced the tension between
mainland and Taiwan and created a peaceful environment.
Ma Ying-jeou: “If ‘no unification, no independence,
no war’ and ‘1992 consensus’ are overturned,
the cross-strait relationship will fall into uncertainty,
this will greatly impact both sides, especially Taiwan."
The Taiwan election scholar, Professor Shi Zhengfeng
from Donghua University expressed that,
the cross-strait policy of the DPP and KMT
are getting very similar,
not accepting the “1992 consensus" can at least
keep some difference between the two parties.
Shi Zhengfeng: “If DPP accepts the ‘1992 consensus,’
that’s like surrendering to the KMT;
things like ECFA that she talked about today;
it’s very similar to the economic aspects of the KMT.
Regarding the peace structure,
it’s also very close to what Chen Shui-bian said.
If she backs down on the ‘1992 consensus,’
then what is the difference, comparing to the KMT?"
British CCP pointed out, based on some opinion polls,
Tsai Ing-wen and Ma Ying-jeou are evenly matched.
Both mainland China and Taiwan say
they are communicating under the “1922 consensus."
Both Ma Ying-jeou and Beijing expressed that,
if DPP does not recognize the “1922 consensus,”
then their cross-strait relation will end.
NTD reporters Li Yuanhan and Zhou Ping.