采访/常春 编辑/黄亿美 后制/李勇
Two versions of One report, A Meeting between KMT Lian Zhan
and CCP Xi Jinping
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Leader Xi Jinping,
interviewed Lian Zhan, who is the Honorary Chairman
of Kuomintang (KMT) of Taiwan “The Republic of China"
and the retinue.
Taiwan media reported, Lian Zhan emphasized Mainland
Authorities have to pragmatically face up
to the reality of “The Republic of China".
Having any further topics being raised by Xi Jinping, can
be further negotiated.
However, what the CCP’s official media CCTV reported
of the interview day in question,
and the mainstream Mainland media reported on the second day,
focused on the standpoint of “both sides of the Strait belonging
to the Chinese ethnic group".
They completely ignored all information relating to
“The Republic of China" mentioned by Lian Zhan.
The interview between Lian Zhan and Xi Jinping at Diaoyutai
National Hotel, was arranged in three stages.
First Xi Jinping interviewed Lian Zhan and the delegation,
then Lian Zhan, Xi Jinping and their inner circles
continued along with their talks,
then finally, Xi Jinping and his wife treated Lian Zhan
and his wife to a family banquet.
During the latter two episodes of the interview,
Lian Zhan raised the views pertinent to “the Republic of China".
Lian Zhan underscored, Mainland has to pragmatically
face up to the reality of “the Republic of China",
which is an asset for developing bilateral relationships
rather than creating debts,
hence both sides having to work together to face up to the
reality in a way that’s both rational and down to earth.
Regarding this matter, Xi Jinping says the political discrepancy
on both sides should not continue any longer,
that with any topics helpful for developing the bilateral relationship,
can be raised for further talks and negotiation.
Central Commentator of Taiwan KMT Lin Yuan:
“How is the meeting between Lian Zhan and Xi Jinping going?
What do they talk about? This so far is unconfirmed.
But I think, ‘The Republic of China’ is raised by Lian Zhan,
and this might have some truth to it.
If both sides can meet each other half way and talk,
then this is of course a positive move for further ensuring
a direction of peace and future prospects between both sides."
Emeritus Professor Yang Li Yu of Asian Department
of West and East University of America:
“I think the interview is a very good negotiation channel.
But Lian Zhan cannot work on behalf of Ma Yingjiu,
nor the KMT, let alone the Government of the
Republic of China.
This is just a negotiation platform and a channel."
On the night of the day of the interview,
The News Network Show program of Mainland CCTV,
broadcast the interview, lasting seven minutes.
Based on the keynote set up by Xinhua News Agency,
the following relevant reports on Mainland media,
focused on “One China" and of both sides belonging to
the Chinese ethnic group,
which is the usual standpoint held by the Beijing Authorities.
All reports have avoided “face up to the Republic of China"
as mentioned by Lian Zhan, without any coverage of it.
However, Taiwan media did report on the interview,
highlighting the topic “face up to the Republic of China".
In a face to face conversation,Lian Zhan said to Xi Jinping,
“Mainland China has to pragmatically face up to the existing
realities of the Republic of China."
Yang Liyu: “The bilateral relationship has many conflicts
as well as many problems.
But the CCP is good at alluring Taiwan in to cooperating
with Mainland, via the topic of Taiwan’s livelihood.
So despite the many conflicts between both sides, there is a very
wide exchange in the fields of economy, trade,
culture and education.
So the future development is hard to forecast just yet."
In addition, during the interview, Xi Jinping actively mentioned
“The interview between Xi Jinping and Ma Yingjiu",
asking what attitude Lian Zhan has to this matter.
Yang Liyu: “I think this is mainly a means of a united front
to pander to Taiwanese people’s livelihood,
thus attracting the support of the Taiwanese people.
I don’t think this will trigger any major changes to come
and it is impossible for the CCP to change their policies.
The CCP have never agreed that Ma Yingjiu joined the meeting
with Xi Jinping via an identity of the president
of the Republic of China."
There is just no possibility of anything like this happening.
Because such a deal would lead to “Two China’s"
or “One China & One Taiwan".
Mainland recognizes Taiwan is one part of China and this
is a clear standpoint of CCP, its difficult to change.
So the CCP still regards Taiwan as a local government,
much like Hong Kong."
Lin Yuan: “Which direction is Taiwan likely to take?
The way of the regime or some other way?
Of course there are many views and opinions.
Actually, Hong Kong’s regime I believe to be absolutely
unacceptable to the Taiwanese people currently."
In fact, the Congressmen of both ruling and opposition parties
in Taiwan express different views.
Legislative member of Taiwan KMT Fei Hongtai says,
Lian Zhan is a messenger, but never a spokesman.
In terms of the current interactive situation of both sides,
the interview between Xi Jinping and Ma Yingjiu
is possible to achieve some success.
The opposition legislative member Cai Huanlang says,
the dialogue between two sides of the Strait can be
carried out for negotiating any political agreement.
As long as Taiwan’s sovereignty is respected by the Mainland
authorities of China.
Interview/Chang Chun Edit/Huang Yimei Post-Production/Li Yong