Ma’s warning, made in an interview with Central News Agency, marked the sternest reaction yet to a flare-up between China and Taiwan at the Tokyo International Film Festival last month.Ma added further down:
Jiang Ping (江平), the head of the Chinese delegation at the festival, set off consternation in Taiwan after saying Taiwan should participate under the name “Taiwan, China” or “Chinese Taipei.”
“It took us a year and half to work out the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement [ECFA], which has received widespread praise,” Ma said.
“However, another Jiang Ping incident or two could instantly wipe out the achievement,” he said.
Ma said that despite the improved ties since he came to power in 2008, differences between Taipei and Beijing remain.
“The Jiang Ping incident is simply the tip of an iceberg,” Ma said, without elaborating.
“It would be difficult to -improve cross-strait relations” if Taiwanese NGOs keep encountering obstruction by China at international events, Ma said, adding that these organizations are usually among the most active in Taiwan.One highly publicized incident is "the tip of the iceberg"? Taiwanese NGOs "keep encountering obstruction" from China at international events? Ma kvetching in public?
MOFA also responded to remarks last week by President Hu. Like an old lady pulling in her skirts to gather up her dignity, MOFA said:
Taiwan does not need to consult China on the island's participation in international activities, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) official said Tuesday, in response to a comment on the issue by Chinese President Hu Jintao last week.Sounds firm, eh? But MOFA did say that matters on international participation would be settled by "communication and coordination." And you know that in the Chinese lexicon, coordination means conforming to the wishes of higher authority.
Lien Chan, the former presidential candidate and honorary chairman of the KMT, visited China recently and met with President Hu. AP reported:
AP reported this as "China wants no sovereignty." Hey, no kidding, really?
A Taiwanese envoy says Chinese President Hu Jintao told him the two sides should establish better communications to avoid "internal strife" over Beijing's claim to the island.
Tuesday's statement by Lien Chan came three weeks after China's delegation at a Japanese film festival demanded that Taiwan participate under the name "China Taiwan". Taiwan refused because the name would suggest it was under China's sway, though the sides split in 1949.
What this little minuet reveals, with all its hints of a deep and ongoing campaign -- coming directly from the President! -- is the failure of Ma's "pragmatism" to gain the island any breathing space. ECFA was granted to the Ma Administration because it served the Chinese goal of annexing Taiwan by integrating it more deeply into the Chinese economy. The WHO observership -- the absolute minimum necessary -- was granted as a high profile sop to the Ma Administration's eager service to Beijing. But Ma's "peace" policy has not achieved any real relaxation in the relentless, subterranean war against the island.
What did he expect?
ADDED: Ben's post on same issue from domestic POV.
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