TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Chairwoman Lai Shin-yuan (賴幸媛) said in a news release at noon today that during a meeting with President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) this morning, she broached the idea of inviting Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) to a talk on issues concerning the government's cross-strait policies. Lai said that she is willing to meet with her former counterpart Tsai, who was former MAC chairman, and to accept advice from Tsai to make changes on the nation's cross-strait policies if necessary.
Lai said that Tsai has cast suspicion via media on the government's cross-strait policies in several public events, such as the 1025 mass rally to oppose Ma's pro-China stance and China last Saturday and other events. Ma has also been concerned about Tsai's claims, said Lai. She continued that she is puzzled by Tsai's suspicion over the government's policies since the MAC's cross-strait policies have not changed for eight years, said Lai.
Lai offered to meet up with Tsai today and hoped to discuss cross-strait policies with Tsai in person. Lai stressed that Taiwan is a democratic nation; therefore, the government respects its 23 million people, who have the final say on Taiwan's destiny.
Lai said that a matter of great urgency for the government today is to safeguard national security and Taiwan consciousness. Under the premise of ensuring the public's interests and questing for the greatest common good for both the ruling and opposition parties, Lai said that the government has demanded appeasement in the cross-strait relationship and moved forward to pursue cross-strait peace development.
As to Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait Chairman Chen Yunlin's (陳雲林) upcoming Taiwan visit on Nov. 3 to hold a second meeting with Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) Chairman Chiang Pin-kung (江丙坤), Lai said that the issues to be discussed in the Chiang-Chen meeting, including direct cargo flights and shipping, postal service cooperation, and others, are in fact the issues concerned by the former DPP government.
In response, Tsai said that Ma should firstly respond to the public's urgent pleas voiced during the 1025 rally on Saturday. Tsai urged Ma to get a tight grip on the core of the public's national identity and demand that Taiwan's uniqueness be highlighted while resisting Beijing's "united-front" tactics to downgrade Taiwan's sovereignty and dignity.
by Taiwan News, Website Editorial Staff