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Taiwan editorial abstracts

Taiwan editorial abstracts

Taipei, June 30 (CNA) The following is a brief roundup of selected local newspaper editorials Tuesday: China Times: On ex-President Lee's wish to visit China During a recent meeting with former President Lee Teng-hui, former Taiwan Governor James Soong offered to help Lee realize a wish that Lee mentioned two years ago: visiting China to retrace a "touring the kingdoms" journey made by Confucius 5,000 years ago. If this wish of Lee were realized, it would be a major event not only in Lee's life, but also in the development of cross-Taiwan Strait relations.
Lee, who did not conceal his disapproval of China in the last years of his presidency and has openly leaned toward Taiwan independence after stepping down in 2000, has now begun to fine-tune his attitude toward China. Lee proposed recently that the relations between Taiwan and China should be "you are you, and I am me. But you and me are friends." As friends, the two sides have no reason to obstinately refuse contact with each other. Since Beijing has opened its arms to Taiwan and is ready to listen to the different voices of Taiwan's various sectors, why doesn't Lee boldly consider the possibility of visiting China and speak his mind candidly with this friend? United Daily News: On ex-President Lee's new approach to China Former President Lee Teng-hui recently said he does "not oppose the deepening of exchanges between Taiwan and China" and described the relations between the two sides as "you are you, and I am me. But you and me are friends." His new approach toward China is tantamount to completely deconstructing his previous concepts on dealing with China.
This concept that the "two sides of the Taiwan Strait are friends, " however, does not provide a solution to his previous proposition in which he defined cross-strait ties as "special state-to-state relations." Lee has not clearly explained how Taiwan should define its national status in the context of cross-strait relations.
Lee's critical examination has in fact reflected the dilemma faced by supporters of Taiwan independence. The opposition Democratic Progressive Party has proposed a debate with the administration of President Ma Ying-jeou on the signing of an economic cooperation framework agreement (ECFA) with China, but dares not face a debate on China policy within the party. Isn't this pathetic? Isn't this ridiculous? Liberty Times: On President Ma's Central America visit President Ma Ying-jeou's departure Monday for a tour to Panama and Nicaragua marked his second Central America visit in just one month. The high frequency raises the question of why Ma, who is boastful of the "satisfactory" results of his "diplomatic truce" policy, is now squandering taxpayers' money on such diplomatic trips? Only hours before his departure, Ma made a last-minute decision to cancel his visit to Honduras, in the wake of the ouster of Honduran President Manuel Zeyala in a military coup. The incident shows that one year after the implementation of the "diplomatic truce" policy, its negative effects are surfacing. The country's overseas missions have been completely paralyzed and lost their information-gathering function.
In the face of Panama's possible move to switch diplomatic recognition to Beijing under the incoming administration of Ricardo Martinelli, Ma probably can do nothing but beg Chinese President Hu Jintao to be merciful. To put Taiwan's survival in the hands of the "mercy" of its rival is like committing a slow suicide.
Apple Daily: On ex-President Chen's plea for his daughter's freedom Former President Chen Shui-bian reportedly has written to his successor Ma Ying-jeou to ask him to help lift the travel restrictions imposed by prosecutors on his daughter, Chen Hsing-yu, who is under investigation for alleged perjury in connection with her father's corruption case.
It is unlikely that Chen Shui-bian, who was president for eight years, does not know that the president cannot interfere with the judiciary. But he likely wrote the letter based on his own experience and perception.
Ma has said he will not interfere with the judiciary. We hope he does not say one thing and mean another. Chen Hsing-yu's case should be dealt with by the judiciary based on human rights principles.
(By Y.F. Low)