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U.S.: China hopes to hear ‘both sides of the strait belong to one China’ in inaugural speech

U.S.: China hopes to hear ‘both sides of the strait belong to one China’ in inaugural speech

Sources in the United States say that when China’s Taiwan Affairs Office Director Wang Yi visited Washington in mid-April, he said that China hopes that Ma Ying-jeou will state clearly in his inaugural speech that “both sides of the Taiwan Strait belong to one China.” The U.S. said that Beijing has many reservations about Ma’s expression of “one country, two areas” through Wu Poh-hsiung but so far has not made any public response.
Wang Yi told media in Washington that Beijing wants to hear Ma Ying-jeou deliver a positive message in his inaugural speech in order to ensure that cross-strait relations will continue to develop. Wang said that maintaining good momentum requires doing everything that will be conducive to the peaceful development of cross-strait relations.
Taiwanese sources have said recently that Beijing hopes President Ma Ying-jeou will be more explicit in his inaugural address regarding what “one country, two areas” implies. Diplomatic sources in Washington, however, say Beijing believes that the “one country, two areas” position is still too much in the spirit of “two countries”. Furthermore former Presidential National Security Council Secretary-General Su Chi has said that “one country, two areas” could be used as a poster slogan for the R.O.C. He says the Ma administration’s definition of “two areas” is too vague for Beijing’s liking, As a result Beijing has failed to respond openly, and responses in private have been termed “less than positive.”
According to sources, Wang Yi held closed-door talks with Chinese Embassy officials after meeting with U.S. Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns. They revealed that Beijing hopes that Ma will be more precise in declaring that “the two sides belong to one China” in his inaugural speech. In addition, sources say “one country, two areas” statement was entirely of the Ma administration’s doing and Beijing knew nothing about it in advance.
The U.S. has also said that it had no advance notice that KMT Honorary Chairman Wu Poh-hsiung would bring up “one country, two areas” during his visit to China. U.S. officials have said they were both surprised and displeased, and they hope that Ma’s inaugural speech will not include any more surprises.
A source says that the Obama administration is busy dealing with other diplomatic crises and is not worried that Ma Ying-jeou’s cross-strait policy is about to go off the rails. He says that in relations between the US and Taiwan, mutual trust and transparency are paramount. Thus they were not happy about Wu’s statement. At any rate, the relationship between the U.S. and China is an extremely complex one, and cross-strait relations are an essential part of that relationship.
Diplomatic sources say the Ma administration may inform the U.S. of the content of Ma’s speech in regular meetings scheduled to take place before May 20, but has no plans to consult the U.S. on the contents of the speech.


Updated : 2021-04-18 05:26 GMT+08:00