Tsai Ing-wen interviewed by BBC. If you can get past the marginalizing, obnoxious and unprofessional opening introduction, you can see how articulate Dr. Tsai is: "China has to look at things from a new perspective."
Don't miss Jason Cox's analysis of the CCP's response to this interview.
Maybe I'm reading too much into it, but I think this article suggests that all bodes well for the Greens. First, Tsai picking her fight with the CCP position instead of the KMT's version of '92 could and should be the start of a brilliant campaign strategy. Second, repeated and explicit Chinese rejection of the One Side, One Country formula is exactly the sort of thing that would help bolster explicit support in Taiwan for that same formula (so don't expect to see much about it in the blue press). And finally, maybe there's already hope that a Tsai win and rejection of One China wouldn't mean the end of finding a way to conduct dialogue.Yes....if Tsai is elected, China will face a dilemma. The strategy of using economic integration to bring Taiwan into the fold depends.... on good relations with Taiwan. If Tsai is elected China will not be able to follow its strategy with the Chen Administration -- the policy of causing tension and then blaming Chen Shui-bian -- not without the source of tensions being obvious. Chen Shui-bian was president during the period when China was still the Peaceful Riser © and not the "increasingly assertive" state it is now. If Tsai wins out, China will have to figure how to negotiate with the DPP and Dr. Tsai.
As Jason points out, Tsai is subtly leveraging Beijing's One China position to attract votes in Taiwan. She is also putting the onus for tension on China by highlighting how intractable it has become.
I'm curious to see how the foreign media will handle Tsai Ing-wen and post-election tension-mongering by the CCP. Will Tsai suddenly morph into a Taiwan Independence Radical Who Provokes Beijing?
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