Book Authored (ISBN-10: 0824821599)

Book Authored (ISBN-10: 0824821599)
Sovereign Rights and Territorial Space in Sino-Japanese Relations: Irredentism and the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands (ISBN-10: 0824824938)

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Ma Got the Second Term/China vs. USA: Taiwan Case-I/The Third United Front CCP-KMT-XV

Official comment from the White House is “welcome” when Ma Ying-jeou won his re-election on 15 January 2012. The fact of the matter is that the US might not really be happy that Beijing-friendly Ma got a second term in office. In his first term, Ma’s first priority was getting the economy moving again and creating a working economic relationship with China including the agreement ECFA (Economic and Cooperation Framework Agreement), a quasi FTA in 2010. On the other hand, Challenger Tsai Ing-wen from the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has not convinced the people of Taiwan to embrace a “one China” policy. In the final analysis, Ma received 51.6 percent of the votes, 45.6 percent for Tsai, and the rest for James Soong. In 2012, Ma may seek to negotiate with Beijing to resolve both political and military issues, in particular, meeting with Hu Jintao. The Third United Front CCP-KMT might come to be true, shocking to both Washington and Tokyo. However, Ma insists on three Nos: no ambition for unification, no pursuit of independence, and no use of the armed force. All these items express the will of the current people in Taiwan, deciding to go for stability and prosperity by the status quo.
Source: Reuters News, http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/7e4b45bc-3eb3-11e1-9139-00144feab49a.html#axzz1nXmt0LG7 (access date: 26 February 2012).
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