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Tsai Ing-Wen should forsake " Taiwan independence " stance

Editor: Li Kun 丨CCTV.com

01-19-2016 15:31 BJT

By Hu Zhang, Panview's commentator

On January 16, Taiwan' leadership election was held. Tsai Ing-Wen, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) candidate, won the leadership election. She is the DPP's second-elected leader of Taiwan after Chen Shui-bian, who supported a "Taiwan independence" move and sparked a Taiwan Straits crisis.

 

Taiwan has undergone profound societal changes along with political strife. So, what is future of cross-strait relations? Taiwan should continue to embark on the road of peaceful development and not provoke turmoil by voicing independence moves?

To maintain peace and stability across the Taiwan Straits are of the vital interests of compatriots on both sides.

We need to listen to Tsai's words and deeds. As a Chinese saying goes, "The situation is stronger than people." Cross-straits relations have undergone profound changes, and Tsai's move against the trend could cause serious difficulties.

Supporting peaceful development is the common aspiration of people on both sides, and the historical trend is irreversible. Since 1949, the two sides have faced long-term confrontation and isolation, which had left pain and regret for countless families.

However, the expectations of reunions remain unstoppable, and finally the long-closed door was reopened in the 1980s.

In the past 30 years, despite stumbles existing in cross-straits relations, there had been steady development of overall relations. Especially since 2008, cross-straits relations have moved on the road of peaceful development. In November 2015, leaders of both sides met for the first time in 66 years, which had far-reaching implications.
   
The two sides have signed 23 agreements, such as the Cross-Strait Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA), Taiwan Travel, Mutual Legal Assistance, direct-links, and avoidance of double taxation. In 2015, cross-straits trade was estimated at $US190 billion.

There were nearly 10 million personnel exchanges and exchange students had accounted for about 4.5 million, which have brought tangible benefits to compatriots on both sides.

The road of peaceful development is the right choice for compatriots, and an irreversible historical trend.

The "1992 consensus" is the key stand for peaceful development.

In 1992, the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) and Taiwan's Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) had reached an agreement that both sides had orally expressed the “1992 Consensus” of the two sides adhering to the one-China principle.

It reflects the one-China principle defining the fundamental nature of cross-straits relations, and shows the mainland and Taiwan belonging to one China, and cross-straits relations are not between nations, but a relationship within one country.

The cross-straits relations have improved on a political basis and it had facilitated the "Wang-Koo talks" in April 1993. In May 2008, the ARATS and SEF have resumed talks, which had been broken for nine years.

In February 2014, the Taiwan Affairs Office had established a normalized contact mechanism with the Taiwan Mainland Affairs Council.

President Xi Jinping pointed out that the "1992 consensus" is the key stand for cross-straits relations. The boat of peaceful development will encounter a violent storm, or even overturn without it. Working together to achieve the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation and compatriots in Taiwan are indispensable.

The Chinese nation has 5,000 years of splendid civilization, but in modern times we have been bullied by Western Powers. 120 years ago, Taiwan was occupied by a foreign government, which became an enormous pain of the entire nation.

In 1945, the Victory of the Chinese People's War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression and  Taiwan's recovery from Japanese occupation had swept away the national humiliation of half a century.

History has shown that the two sides are an indivisible community of destiny. National prosperity is a blessing of compatriots for both sides. To achieve the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation is closely linked with the destiny of compatriots on both sides.

China is more likely to achieve this great dream. Compatriots should work together. Taiwan should not be absent.
   
Tsai once served as a consultant for Taiwan GATT and WTO negotiations, one of Taiwan team members to restart "Wang-Koo talks" in 1998, chairwoman of Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council and vice president of the Executive Yuan.

Tsai opened the Mini Three Links, and had experienced a 2012 election defeat. Tsai has stated her basic principles to handle cross-straits relations are to maintain the cross-straits status quo, but she had spoken evasively on the "1992 consensus."

If Tsai continues her ambiguous attitude, her policy agenda should take a stand on the "1992 consensus" after the election. Compatriots and the international community will wait and see.
   
Xi said, "No matter which party or group in Taiwan, regardless of what they have advocated in the past, as long as they recognize the historical facts and the core meaning of the 1992 consensus, we are willing to interact with them.

For any acts of secession, compatriots on both sides won't agree. On the issue of safeguarding national sovereignty and territorial integrity, our will should be as firm as a rock."
   
We hope Tsai can recognize the historical trend of cross-straits relations, face the "1992 consensus", abandon the proposition of "Taiwan independence", and make joint efforts with Taiwan compatriots to rejuvenate the Chinese nation.

 

( The opinions expressed here do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Panview or CCTV.com. )

 

 

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