Mr Ma was well aware that he was taking a risk when he decided on August 27th to approve the Dalai Lama’s request to visit the island.Of course, Mr. Ma was well aware there was no risk, for everyone in the Chinese cultural world knows that the KMT and the CCP hold regular chats. In fact, it was widely rumored in Taiwan that an envoy had been dispatched to Beijing to discuss the matter and the response was negotiated. Naturally the KMT served Beijing's interests in the Dalai Lama's visit.
The most recent example of this cooperation was that of new Premier, who just prior to taking over the premiership, whisked off to Hong Kong to
The Executive Yuan yesterday said Premier Wu Den-yih (吳敦義) met Hong Kong politician Leung Chun-ying (梁振英) during his visit to Hong Kong on Sept. 5.You have to admit, in light of the Chen Shui-bian verdict, that it is refreshing to hear KMT representatives demand proof. Apple Daily commented (translated from the CNA):
Leung is the convenor of the non-official members of the Executive Council of Hong Kong and has been mentioned in Hong Kong media as a likely successor to Donald Tsang (曾蔭權) as the territory’s chief executive in 2012.
Citing the timing of the trip — two days before the announcement that Wu would become premier — the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) accused Wu of meeting Chinese officials to discuss his premiership.
Executive Yuan Spokesman Su Jun-pin (蘇俊賓) yesterday rebutted the claim as “ridiculous.”
“The Republic of China is a sovereign independent country. Saying that Premier Wu had to report to [Chinese authorities] concerning his appointment was a ridiculous allegation,” Su said.
“Premier Wu has been consistent regarding the purpose of his visit to Hong Kong, which was to exchange ideas on disaster prevention measures,” Su said yesterday. “His accusers have to show proof.”
What's more bizarre is that one of the officials Wu met was Leung Chun-ying, who is tapped to be the next chief executive of Hong Kong.The Standard of Hong Kong observed:
We wonder if Taiwan was seeking Beijing's consent through Leung for Wu's appointment.
The Democratic Progressive Party quickly accused Wu of "kowtowing" to Leung, who is tipped to be a candidate in the race for the chief executive. Within five days Wu took over as Taiwan's premier.Good advice, that last line. And good question raised here -- since the CCP and the KMT can communicate directly, why send Wu to Hong Kong to "kow-tow"?
"I didn't know Wu would become premier at that time," Leung insisted.
"Such condemnation sounds meaningless. The Taiwan authorities can communicate with the mainland directly and they don't need a middleman," added Leung, who is also a member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference Standing Committee.
Make up your own minds.
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