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Apr 28, 2011

China reminds us of the cost of current relations

人民网北京4月27日电(记者刘洁妍 方晔云)日前民进党就2012年的选举,党内初选部分举行了第四场政见发表会,蔡英文和苏贞昌谈到了两岸关系。对此 国台办发言人杨毅在今天上午举办的国台办发布会上指出,如果把两岸关系政策建立在“一边一国”的“台独”分裂立场上,不管作了多么巧妙的包装,都势必干扰 两岸交流合作、冲击两岸协商、破坏两岸关系和平发展,影响台海局势稳定。

By  Liu Jieyan and Fang Yeyun
Published: April 27, 2011
People's Daily, BEIJING  -- The Democratic Progressive Party recently held its fourth televised policy session as part of its primary process for selecting a candidate in the 2012 presidential election, and Tsai Ing-wen and Su Chen-chang both brought up cross-strait relations.

In response, Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Yang Yi said at a TAO press conference today that if a cross-strait policy is built on the splittist "Taiwanese independence" position of "One side, one country," no matter how clever the packaging of the policy, it will inevidably disturb cross-strait exchanges, impact cross-strait negotiations, destroy the peaceful development of cross strait relations and effect the stability of the situation in the Taiwan Strait. [emphasis mine]


Gilman Grundy said...

Yo wait, in what way are "current relations" (as opposed to the way things have been since '49) responsible for these attitudes in the CCP? This looks suspiciously like just trying to blame the KMT for CCP attitudes - have I misread you? And If I have read you right, in what possible way could any other Taiwanese policy have made things different?

阿牛 said...

By "current relations," I mean the state of dialogue and signing of various agreements.

Gilman Grundy said...

And in what way is this any different to the way it was in 2007? Do you really think the ECFA (I presume this is what you are referring to)has made any difference to this?

阿牛 said...

Specifically, I mean that the cost of current relations is for the KMT to accept and promote the absurd position that Taiwan and China are the same country. In other words, a position that rules out any final status other than unification.

Since the KMT desires unification, it makes sense for them to hold that position. But for the vast majority of Taiwanese, that proposition is unacceptable.

Gilman Grundy said...

However, what other position is possible at the moment? The DPP spent 8 years trying to find one without success, because they are limited in what they can do by the policies of the CCP.

Yes, unification is not anything that the majority of people (even within the KMT) want at the moment. However, almost nobody is willing to fight a war for Taiwanese independence. As long as the CCP in their current form is in power across the water, that is what independence means.

Seriously, I don't understand how you can blame the KMT for this. This kind of announcement (and worse) came out all the time during the Chen administration.

This does not represent the "cost" of relations with mainland China. This represents the "cost" of long-standing CCP policy which only radical change on the mainland can alter.