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Apple Daily: Ma, Xi achieve only KMT-CPC consensus

We are disappointed that President Ma Ying-jeou (???) wasted a good opportunity to make clear Taiwan's position on relations with China during his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping (???) on Saturday. There were several aspects to the Ma-Xi meeting and the press conferences afterwards that disappointed us. First, we regret that while Taiwan's vibrant democracy is deemed as its strength and China's weakness, Ma, as Taiwan's top leader, did not express Taiwan's adherence to its vibrant democracy. That's why opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen (???) said on Nov. 6 that the biggest difference between her call for "maintaining the status quo" and Ma is "democracy." Instead, the Chinese nationalism advocated by Beijing was a focal issue during the Ma-Xi summit. Second, Beijing's "one China" principle dominated the meeting as evidenced by the repeated conveyance of Xi's "one China" statements by Zhang Zhijun (???), head of China's Taiwan Affairs Office, during the post-meeting news conference. Xi was cited as saying that the "one China" principle serves as the legal foundation for the development of cross-strait relations and that Beijing is firmly opposed to Taiwan independence. China and Taiwan both belong to "one China," and relations between the two sides are not a matter of "one China, one Taiwan," Zhang also cited Xi as saying. Ma also repeatedly stressed in the meeting that the "1992 consensus" was the foundation of cross-strait relations but did not emphasize the "different interpretations" part of the consensus. Third, it is regrettable that while no agreements were signed and no joint statements issued after the meeting, Ma and Xi consistently stressed the "one China" consensus, which could be considered as being no different from a joint statement. Fourth, we worry about the Ma administration's "opaque dealings" with China and that his successor may not be able to change the policies formulated by his aides to fulfill the deals reached during the Ma-Xi meeting before his term ends on May 20, 2016. It is also pity that Ma did not have talks with leaders of opposition parties before deciding to attend the Ma-Xi meeting, which could have set a precedent for democratic practices and ease the suspicions of the opposition. But because Ma failed to do so, the consensus reached during the meeting should be considered as one between the the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) and the Communist Party of China (CPC). (Editorial abstract -- Nov. 8, 2015) (By Evelyn Kao)

Updated : 2021-09-20 17:25 GMT+08:00