President Ma Ying-jeou won’t engage in unification or independence talks with China if he wins re-election in January, his campaign manager said today.
King Pu-Tsung reiterated Ma’s policy of “no unification, no independence and no use of force” as specified by Taiwan’s constitution, even as the president seeks closer ties with China and has called for a peace treaty within 10 years.
Ma’s lead over opposition candidate Tsai Ing-wen, who opposes a treaty, narrowed to one percentage point earlier this month after he said he wanted a peace deal in a decade. Ma, who leads the Kuomintang party, has campaigned on his stewardship of the economy and improved ties with China.
“If Tsai wins, there will be uncertainties in cross- straits relations,” King told a briefing today. “The risk factor will rise and investors could withdraw.”
The 61-year-old president said in October that he hopes to sign a peace deal provided there is domestic consensus and trust on both sides and it is done under the supervision of Taiwan’s parliament.
Tsai, the chairwoman of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party, said Ma’s proposal of a peace agreement within the next decade is “rash and reckless,” the DPP said in a statement today.
A Nov. 11 survey by the Taipei-based TVBS Poll Center found Ma leads with 39 percent to Tsai’s 38 percent, down from 38 percent versus 35 percent a week earlier. The poll had a margin of error of 2.7 percentage points.