Ma meanwhile shot off a whole flurry of things. Speaking to Singapore newspapers on May 8, he said that he would not rule out political talks with the CCP after 2012, assuming he gets elected again. No reason at present not to think that. On the 11th he reiterated this point...
Ma said he was not opposed to launching negotiations with Beijing on political matters, including a peace treaty, during a second term as president.Ma is telling the total truth: he will not engage in talks to annex the island to the PRC. Since such talks are currently run by KMT Old Guard politicians like Honorary Chairman Lien Chan and current chairman Wu Po-hsiung, they will be the ones doing the talking on annexation. Ma is simply the candy coating over their ongoing talks to sell out the island, a facade they've hoisted to cover their activities. Meanwhile Ma also claimed that the infamous MOU between Beijing and the WHO limiting Taiwan's participation might not exist. That's Ma at his most suave -- those US senators who criticized the MOU a couple of years ago must have been nuts....UPDATE: ...and so was the CNA when they reported that China had released the contents of the MOU back in 2005.
Ma made the remarks in an interview with Taiwan’s China Television yesterday morning.
He said that he had promised in his inauguration address, under the framework of the Republic of China Constitution, not to discuss unification with Beijing during his presidency, not to pursue or support de jure independence and not to use military force to resolve the matter of Taiwan’s status.
“I will not engage in talks on unification with mainland China during my presidency, regardless of whether it lasts four years or eight,” he said.
Speaking of Lien Chan, Epoch Times reported on Thursday that the tomb in Hubei province of a minor official from the Northern Song dynasty -- like 1000 years ago -- is going to be expanded from its current 1/10 acre site to 30 acres, at a cost of 13 million rmb. Why? Well, it turns out that the tomb is of a supposed ancestor of Lien Chan's....
- Asia Sentinel on the farmer who plans to be the first Communist President of Taiwan.
- Jon Adams at the Global Post on Freedom House and the waning freedom of the press here.
- The Taipei Times' wonderful former DC correspondent Charles Snyder describes how the KMT has curtailed press meetings and blocks the Taipei Times from attending its press conferences.
- Author and economics writer Gordon Chang says China cannot save Taiwan, and its economic growth figures are nuts.
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