Is it a scare, a bad rumor that has gone wrong, or a horrifying truth which we may be unable to deal with? The fear of the President selling out Taiwan’s sovereignty is rising in numbers by the week. Can anyone find rest in this matter?
Premier Liu Chao-Shiuan (劉兆玄) on Tuesday, February 24, the allegations of a set timetable for unification in 2016.
During a legislature’s plenary session, Liu responded to Wu’s questioning in the session in saying, “I do not have any knowledge of and have never heard of such a timetable.”
What initiated such a strong response?
Apparently, Wu had asked Liu if the President’s (Ma Ying-Jeou) government had intentions in planning a unification with China in 2016, as mentioned by Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) Chairman, Huang Kun-Huei (黃昆輝).
Huang had revealed, in speaking with reporters, that he personally believes that Chin would refrain from such political topics during Ma’s current term, in order gain his re-election in 2012.
In this thought, China’s capital (Beijing) could assume political pressures on Ma following a possible re-election for the unification within the final year of his second term in office, says Huang.
Liu disagrees and comments that he does not understand why Huang would initiate such claims.
In the KMT’s defense, Liu insisted that the government had no such timetable for a Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA) with China either. The current plan to pursue the agreement has already created a major uproar with the public over the idea of compromising Taiwan’s sovereignty.
According to the President, he does not wish to re-instate the National Unification Council (NUC), which was originally abolished by the former President, Chen Shui-Bian. Towards the closing of the March 22 presidential elections, Hong Kong-born Ma repeatedly affirms his words in safeguarding the status quo of the Taiwan Strait.
Chairman Huang announced Thursday, February 26 that by officializing the CECA with China would be like giving “free lunch” to businesses while the majority of labourers would suffer.
“There is no such thing as a free lunch,” said Huang, standing firm.
“[President] Ma Ying-Jeou should explain and clarify exactly what a CECA is and how it will affect Taiwan’s industries and labourers.”
In press conference, the Chairman raised these issues (of 11 questions which are related to the CECA) and requested Ma to address them in a television interview this Friday, February 27 with an unspecified TV network.
Presidential Spokesman, Wang Yu-Chi announced Tuesday, February 24 that there would be no discussion of the CECA in the broadcasted interview. However, Wang continues, if asked on the subject, he will answer.
The President chose not to comment on the issue because he believes public debate is not necessary over naming the arrangement and what should be stipulated.
It seems like Ma is doing a yo-yo routine over listening to the people and benefiting the nation through such actions. Are we getting another George W. Bush?
Huang suggests that instead of creating fear among the public with the argument of the economic situation of the nation would be dire if failed to allow the CECA to pass with Beijing, the President should clearly state – once and for all – a transparent detailed explanation to the people on its contents, concept and consequences upon signing such an agreement.
The opposition, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), would most likely initiate a public census as a public suggestion to Ma.
TSU heavy weights have argued before that such an agreement, which would affect all lives on either side of the Strait, should at the least be discussed with the Legislative Yuan, subjected to legislative review and referendum before setting out onto the negotiation table with China.
“In light of China’s ultimate goal to annex Taiwan — not so much a conspiracy or anything — a referendum is necessary, since this is a matter of the long-term survival and development of the entire Taiwanese society,” stated Huang.
He continues to argue on the matter that the agreement should only be signed under the condition that China gives sound word to resolve numerous cases in problems with Taiwanese business with investment in China.
Oddly enough, the Ma Administration has repeatedly compared the CECA to the economic integration of the European Union (EU), explaining that it has nothing to do with political issues and sovereignty. In response to the statement, Huang follows with the idea: the President should follow the example and hold a referendum on the matter.
Not the Taiwanese businesspersons in Beijing, but media and political representatives.
China’s capital announced that the government welcomes any visitors embracing a peaceful approach to the Cross Strait relations, according to a Chinese official Wednesday, February 25.
Taiwan’s Central News Agency (CNA) reported that a spokesperson with the Taiwan Affairs Council under the State Council (Cabinet) said anyone hoping Cross Strait ties could merge peacefully are welcomed to China in their “proper capacity.”
Annette Lu is the former Vice President of Taiwan and Pro-Independence supporter.
Previously, Lu had offered to visit China as “a member of the press.”
People are watching, listening and above all waiting: if the capital accepts the former Vice President’s arrival, it would be accepted as a first step on their part in softening their stance not only towards the island, but the former President (and herself included) as well.
How would this change the Cross Strait relations, if at all?
In the past, the capital have voiced their hesitation and insisted that the Independence supporters renounce Taiwan independence before any visit would be considered.
China’s stance on Taiwan’s sovereignce, to this date, still has not changed.
Should visits and compromise not work both ways?
We have numerous Communist and Pro-China supporters in Taiwan, entered with no interference from the government, unless if engaged in illegal conduct.
Shao Qi-Wei is Director of China’s National Tourism Administration, lead a group of Chinese tourism representatives to Taipei on Wednesday, February 25 in attendance of the 12th meeting of exchanges between the tourism industries of the Strait.
This meeting is held for the first time in over a decade, indicating a form of normalcy for tourism on both sides.
“This is my third visit to Taiwan. My first visit here was made in Autumn, the second in Summer, and this time in Spring. I’m glad to see the great sunshine and beautiful, natural Spring landscape here,” complimented Shao.
In this visit, Shao leads 458 Chinese tourism delegations to 12th Cross Strait Tourism Exchange Meeting.
After the meeting, the group toured around scenic areas and tourist attractions , to determine optimal travel routes for Taiwan-bound tourist groups the delegations will organize, this according to the group leader.
“I hope both sides across the Strait can, via face-to-face negotiations, can jointly work out effective measures to promote cross-strait tourist travel amid the global financial crisis, and establish a bilateral tourism promotion mechanism.” explains Shao.
It was explained through private sources that Shao’s administration will aggressively promote Chinese travel to the island, when ‘travelling in Taiwan is safe…’