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United Daily News: New horizons expected from Ma-Xi meeting

United Daily News: New horizons expected from Ma-Xi meeting

Sixty six years after Taiwan and mainland China split at the end of a civil war in 1949, the unprecedented meeting between the leaders of the two sides in Singapore on Saturday is an event closely watched by the whole world. Any substantial progress made in the summit between President Ma Ying-jeou (???) and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping (???) will be conducive to creating more stable and broader horizons for cross-Taiwan Strait relations. There is no doubt that the Ma-Xi meeting is welcome by most of the outside world. Even the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has cautiously responded that "it will not take to the streets to protest the Ma-Xi meeting." DPP chairwoman and presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen (???) has also laid out three preconditions for a possible meeting with Xi. This indicates that the Ma-Xi summit has had a positive effect on parties concerned. Firstly, the DPP has sensed that its long-standing anti-China standing must be adjusted to fit the new situation. Secondly, Taiwan's people have realized that the Ma-Xi meeting will carry great significances to national rather than just partisan interests or election campaign. Thirdly, Ma's reiteration that his meeting with Xi is aimed at setting up mechanism for future leaders from the two sides to meet "on a regular basis" has left no room for the DPP to oppose or engage in any smear campaign. As a matter of fact, the landmark Ma-Xi meeting is highly symbolic and will serve as a demonstration of peace to the people in Taiwan and mainland China. Apart from shaking hands and due protocol, we believe that Ma and Xi should have more important messages to deliver to their people. If both leaders show goodwill toward each other, such a scenario will be of great help to future two-way interactions. In the future, leaders of the two sides can even meet in Taiwan or mainland China or on international occasions, which will give a further boost to peace and exchanges across the strait. It is worth noting that the United States, which has recently flexed its muscles in the South China Sea, has also expressed welcome for the Ma-Xi meeting. While the U.S. is concerned that Taiwan may incline toward the mainland, Washington is also aware that Xi needs Taiwan's support for his global strategical deployment. This does not necessarily mean that President Barack Obama has given in to Xi or has preference over Ma, rather it just shows Washington understands that the Ma-Xi meeting will help cement cross- strait peace in post-Ma era. In another word, as long as the development of cross-strait relations continues on the current peaceful course, Taiwan will stay safe even Tsai gains power next year. Therefore, Tsai will be able to take advantage of the bridge built up by Ma to hold talks with Chinese leaders as long as the DPP does not intentionally demolish the existing political basis for maintaining peace. Seeing things from a new perspective will usually create new visions and opportunities, so are the upsides of the Ma-Xi meet. As cross-strait ties are at a turning point, temporary partisan or personal interests should be beyond our consideration. We expect the Ma-Xi summit to create broader horizons for both sides and urge Tsai not to impose restrictions on herself. (editorial abstract -- Nov.7, 2015) (by Flor Wang) enditem/BL (editorial abstract --Nov. 7, 2015) (By Flor Wang)


Updated : 2021-09-19 07:54 GMT+08:00