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Liberty Times: Taiwan lured to traps by leaders' summit

Liberty Times: Taiwan lured to traps by leaders' summit

The meeting between President Ma Ying-jeou (???) and Chinese President Xi Jinping (???) is only a surrender under the disguise of peace, and the Republic of China is deemed to be edited out in the process. Amid the unexpected announcement of the meeting, the opposition Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP's) presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen (???) said she does not rule out a meeting with Xi and her party will not stage protests against the meeting. It seems Tsai is following Ma in her stance of maintaining the status quo across the Taiwan Strait, and if that is true, the unequal relations between Taiwan and China will remain even if the DPP wins the upcoming elections in January. Ma touted his meeting with Xi as a way to maintain peace across the Taiwan Strait and and the status quo, but the meeting is held under the unspoken precondition of Taiwan accepting the one China framework. Since the People's Republic of China is recognized as the only representative of China in the United Nations, there is no room for the ROC government in Taiwan under the one China principle. If the Taiwanese leader can only meet with the Chinese leader and not with other heads of state, relations across the Taiwan Strait will eventually become internal affairs of China. The Ma-Xi meeting is Beijing's trap for Taiwan, with Ma trying to force his ideas on his successor. Therefore, in addition to maintaining an open attitude toward a meeting with Xi, Tsai needs to also tell Taiwanese people that she will seek to meet leaders of other countries. If a new status quo of Taiwan being subordinate to China is created under Beijing's one China framework, Taiwan is likely to become a source of uncertain risks in Asia, despite the false peace on the surface. (Editorial abstract -- Nov. 7, 2015) (By Kay Liu)


Updated : 2021-09-22 22:16 GMT+08:00