Chinese Press Review: Quoting Ma Ying-jeou

via Enorth (Tianjin) — The China News Service‘s website (中国新闻网), China’s second-largest state-owned news agency after Xinhua, indirectly addressed allegations against Taiwan’s president*) Ma Ying-jeou of being a “sellout”, by quoting Ma himself, from a speech and a press conference held at Tainan University on Thursday: Which of the fifteen cross-strait agreements is selling out Taiwan (两岸15项协议哪个卖台)?

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China News Service quotes from a report by the Hong Kong China News Agency (HKCNA, 中通社), which in turn is a branch office of China News Service itself.

On May 19th, on the third anniversary of his inauguration, Ma Ying-jeou told a press conference at Tainan University that from the perspective of justice between the generations**), he wanted to create a good foundation for Taiwan’s further sustainable development. He wanted to ask friends who were criticizing the fifteen agreements as falling for China and selling out Taiwan (倾中、卖台), which of these agreements was actually doing that? Improvement of cross-strait relations served a peaceful and prosperous environment of growth for the next generation.


The [HKCNA] report says that key issues in the close-quarter election fight between Ma Ying-jeou’s KMT and Tsai Ing-wen’s DPP wouldn’t do without cross-strait relations, and both sides would need to explain their respective political camps’ mainland policy to the public clearly.


According to the quoted report, Ma reportedly also emphasized the use of the agreements for Taiwan in that they had helped to crack down on cross-strait crime and contained provisions about mutual legal assistance, not least in fraud cases (诈骗案件), which had decreased by thirty per cent (3成) within three years, and referred to the “92 consensus” (九二共识) as a basis for reciprocity (对等), dignity (尊严), and mutual benefit (互惠) which had created a cross-strait peace dividend (和平红利). Shunning China’s markets would hurt Taiwan.

Asked by foreign press if Taiwan wasn’t becoming too dependent on the mainland, Ma said that cross-strait relations hadn’t started only with his term, and that his policy was to strengthen Taiwan, to connect it with the Asia-Pacific region, and to position it globally. China was one of the rings [in this concept], but not [the concept in its] entirety. In the field of trade cooperation, “the two sides relationship is about cooperation, it’s not about mere dependence, and if there is dependence, it would be mutual dependence”. He believed that the two sides should learn to deal with each other, to become more tolerant and appreciative [of each other], and find solutions without the use of military force. “We are now going into that direction, step by step, and I believe that this is the right direction.”


According to the Taipei Times / CNA,

Holding the speech and a press conference in Greater Tainan was seen as a re-election ploy because the area has long been a stronghold of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

Significantly, and left out in the Chinese report translated / quoted further above in this post, Ma also said that

Only by increasing Taiwan’s power to defend itself will we be able to maintain a balance across the Taiwan Strait. […] Only by doing so will Taiwan gain confidence in the course of its interactions with the mainland.

This would be in some contrast to the president’s referral to a cross-strait peace dividend, as quoted by China News Service / HKCNA. The president also got back to the current brawl about how the World Health Organization (WHO) should formally address Taiwan.

Besides existing voting patterns, by choosing to speak at a university and emphasizing opportunities for the next generation, Ma also had first-time voters on his mind. Not everyone was aware of his administration’s efforts to make Taiwan a better place to live, the Taipei Times quotes him.

“That’s why I’ve been on the road, meeting people, especially those who will become eligible this year to vote”,he said in reply to a question at the press conference.

Some 1.2 million Taiwanese citizens would be first-time voters, according to a ministry of the interior’s estimated quoted by Singapore’s Morning Post (早报) in April.



*) The news article sticks to a Chinese policy of avoiding referrals to Taiwanese authorities as a sovereign state’s institutions. President Ma is simply referred to as “Ma Ying-jeou”, and the 2012 presidential elections are “elections”.
**)Or transgenerational justice, as translated by the Taipei Times.



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