China must agree to discuss dismantling its missiles pointing at Taiwan before talks can be held, Kuomintang Chairman Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) said in comments aired Saturday by Taiwan's ETTV Station.
"No one likes to live under the threat of guns, knives or warheads of missiles. This should be included in the agenda if we hold talks in the future," he said.
Ma, who is viewed as a shoo-in for KMT nomination in the 2008 presidential election, made the comments to a group of Taiwanese and Chinese students at Cambridge University in England.
At Cambridge, Ma said unification will become more likely if the two societies narrow their political, economic and social gaps.
"The opportunity is there ... but whether it can be achieved is up to the people in Taiwan to decide," he added.
Looks like Ma is positioning himself for the Presidency by adopting a highly popular position in Taiwan. Despite its popularity, a PFP legislator criticized it.
People First Party Legislator Lin Hui-kuan (林惠官) yesterday said Ma should be more careful in expressing his political views overseas.
Lin, secretary of the PFP legislative caucus, said Ma should not make comments in an offhand manner on sensitive political issues which might give rise to misunderstandings or controversy.
Lin made the remarks after Ma said Friday during his visit in London that he wouldn't rule out the possibility of allowing mainland Chinese to join the KMT someday and on Saturday also in London that he fully agrees with the view that Taiwan should not engage in talks with China before Beijing withdraws its missiles targeting Taiwan.
I think it is great that Ma would allow mainland Chinese to join the KMT. Perhaps he ought to do some passport checking in his own party, as Ma himself was born in Hong Kong, the previous KMT chairman, Lien Chan, was also born in China, and former KMT stalwart James Soong, now PFP head, was born in China as well. Mainland Chinese already belong to the KMT. Heck, they run the show. Perhaps the good mayor might think of a way to redefine his remarks to say what he actually means.
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