United Daily News: Find new momentum in cross-strait ties

Taipei announced Wednesday that former Vice President Vincent Siew will attend next month's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum leaders' summit in Beijing as an envoy of President Ma Ying-jeou. The development means that a proposed meeting between Ma and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the APEC forum is officially dead in the water. It also signals a lack of momentum in cross-Taiwan Strait relations. Since the Sunflower Movement erupted in Taiwan in March, cross-strait relations have sunk to a low level and lost their forward or upward momentum. Both sides are now groping and guessing each other's intention to continue to move the ties forward. They are looking for a new direction for their relations and are trying to adapt to the new cross-strait climate. In the face of uncertainties created by America's rebalancing strategy toward Asia and Japan's ambition, as well as alleged foreign interference in the ongoing democracy protests in Hong Kong, China is hoping to strengthen its control over cross-strait relations. Beijing wants to prevent an "internationalization" of cross-strait relations. This is why it has repeatedly emphasized that the leaders of the two sides of the strait have no need to use an international event to meet each other. Also, China is seeking to expand its contact with people from all sectors in Taiwan, including those from the pro-independence opposition Democratic Progressive Party, in an effort to increase its maneuverability over cross-strait ties. To try to curb the growth of pro-independence forces in Taiwan, Xi reiterated Beijing's "one country, two systems" proposal for unification during a meeting with a visiting Taiwanese delegation last month. Ma needs to think how to resolve the domestic barriers to cross-strait relations so as to restore their momentum. (Editorial abstract -- Oct. 9, 2014) (By Y.F. Low)

Updated : 2021-04-18 10:47 GMT+08:00