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Search for lasting cross-strait peace must involve DPP: Economist

Search for lasting cross-strait peace must involve DPP: Economist

London, Nov. 6 (CNA) The Economist, a London-based weekly newspaper, said President Ma Ying-jeou (???) should advise Chinese President Xi Jinping (???) to meet the leader of Taiwan's main opposition party without preconditions, if she wins the January 16 presidential election. When the leaders of Taiwan and China meet in Singapore on Saturday, Ma "needs to make it clear to Mr. Xi that the search for lasting peace must involve the DPP (Democratic Progressive Party)," the paper said on its website on Friday. In a piece headlined "Talk strait," that newspaper said the insistence by officials of the China Communist Party that the DPP must first embrace the notion of "one China" is a recipe for added tension in an already tense region. Noting that the Ma-Xi meeting comes at a time when Taiwan is campaigning for elections in January, the paper said the risk is that Ma may make a last-minute effort to revive the ruling Kuomintang's (KMT) battered fortunes by "playing the peacemaker, while lacking the gumption to stand up for his island state." "To raise China's expectations of Taiwanese pliancy would be bad for Taiwan, and for peace in the region," the paper said. "If Mr. Ma is not to fuel cross-strait tensions, he needs to make it clear to Mr. Xi that the search for lasting peace must involve the DPP." During the Singapore meeting, President Ma should advise Xi Jinping to meet with DPP Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen (???), without preconditions, if she wins the presidential election in January, the paper said. Ma has put out a strong message that "for Taiwan to contemplate unification, the mainland must first become democratic" and he has asked China to stop threatening Taiwan, The Economist noted. However, it said, despite growing cross-strait exchanges, China has been building up its military deployments. "It has hundreds of ballistic missiles pointing at the island," the paper said. It said Ma must be resolute, as "standing firm would at least add to his legacy." (By Jennifer Huang and Lillian Lin)


Updated : 2021-09-23 05:49 GMT+08:00