Archive for July 17th, 2008

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Ma Ying-jeou: no politician can force people to choose unification

Asked in an interview with German’s Süddeutsche Zeitung (Southern German Times) on July 12 if he opposed unification, Taiwan’s president Ma Ying-jeou said he was a pure pragmatist. Opinion polls showed that most Taiwanese wanted to maintain the status quo, that they favored neither independence nor unification. “If they are not interested in political unification with the mainland, there is no politician who can force them.” [我是单纯的务实主义者 (…..) 如果他们对与大陆在政治上统一不感兴趣,没有任何政治人物能够强迫他们.]  To maintain Taiwan’s current status was both in Taiwan’s and mainland China’s interest.

Reading the interview requires registration on the Sueddeutsche Zeitung’s website. The above info and quotes are from the Overseas Chinese “Europe Journal” (欧洲日报), Paris, of July 16. Some info can also be found on Central News Agency online.

An Taipei Times article by Chai Trong-Rong (DPP): “Vigilance needed on Ma and unification”

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