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Beijing pushes Ma to dump Taiwan democracy

Beijing pushes Ma to dump Taiwan democracy

Following on the heels of the signing of a controversial cross-strait trade agreement, the authoritarian People's Republic of China is now pressuring President Ma Ying-jeou's rightist Chinese Nationalist Party government to explicitly "oppose Taiwan independence" to maintain "the foundations for mutual trust" across the Taiwan Strait.
Ma has repeatedly declared his intention to "put economics first and politics later" and deal with "easier issues first and harder issues later," but Beijing clearly has its own agenda and timetable in the wake of the June 29 signing in Chongqing of the "Cross-Strait Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement" by Taipei's Strait Exchange Foundation Chairman Chiang Ping-kun and Beijing's Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait Chairman Chen Yunlin.
The latest display of Beijing's urgency to put political issues on the cross-strait agenda was the high-profile address by ARATS Vice Chairman Li Yafei August 11 at a conference on "Cross-strait Peace and Wealth Creation" sponsored by the Want Want China Times Group.
Li stressed that the calm in the Taiwan Strait was "based on the achievement of mutual trust" between Taipei and Beijing since May 2008 on the foundation of "opposing 'Taiwan independence' and 'upholding the 'Consensus of 1992"' and directly described Beijing's definition of the so-called consensus as "separately use verbal statements to express the one China principle" instead of the KMT's "one China with


Updated : 2021-10-19 04:59 GMT+08:00