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Nov 7, 2008


Premier calls for cross-party consensus on cross-strait relations; the legislature will review the agreements signed by Chiang and Chen this Friday and make necessary changes to the law to avoid contradictions; Ma tries to blame the DPP for violence, even for the night of the 5th, despite the crowd gathering on its own spontaneously (some DPP legislators/city councilors later came to ride the coat tails); at his press conference on the morning of the 6th, Ma also accused the DPP of breaking a promise to keep things peaceful the night of the 5th, though the DPP signed only an agreement for the protest ending at 8:00pm on the 6th (and did a pretty good job keeping that promise); NSB chief also accuses Tsai Ing-wen of basically breaking a promise, even though the DPP did demobilize all the people they brought to the protest.

Ma's going public with his "China agrees to 'mutual non-denial'" thing now (just wrote about that; I think it's not true. China's just not denying mutual non-denial in Taiwan's face; but on the other hand, CCP-friendly Chinese media are talking about "mutual non-denial" instead of just saying "Ma brings it up" like they used to. Best phrasing so far? "Mutual non-denial, two interpretations" (各自表述互不否认)).

And by the way, here's a typical Chinese internet BBS criticism of "mutual non-denial:"


What I want to ask Ma Ying-jeou is, what is "facing reality?" Is the reality that Taiwan is "The Republic of China," and the mainland is the PRC? No, reality is that Taiwan is a province of the PRC. What is so-called "mutual non-denial?" You think if you don't deny the PRC, the mainland will recognize the ROC? Are there two China's in this world? Are you just Taiwanese Independence in disguise?
Ma suggests sending Chen Yunlin to meet the DPP chair on a future visit, despite having ignored DPP requests for representatives at the Chiang-Chen meeting;

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