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The Liberty Times Editorial: Ma-Xi meeting must be opposed

Without consulting anyone, President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) has reached an agreement with Beijing to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) in Singapore today, within the “one China” framework and with the “leaders of the two sides of the Taiwan Strait” addressing each other as “Mr.”

If the 23 million Taiwanese, who were kept in the dark beforehand, are given no say in the matter and only have to accept it as a fait accompli, then how are they going to be able to determine the future of Taiwan — an even more serious matter?

Such illegal action by someone who thinks he has the right to change the nation’s future on his own must be opposed to the end.

Even before Ma left the nation, China’s Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) had already set the tone with the international community. And Ma, during a press conference at the Presidential Office on Thursday, defined the event as “a meeting between the leaders of the two sides of the Taiwan Strait.”

This man, living inside the “one China” framework, seems to think that Taiwanese lack international common sense and that he can emulate the “one Korea” meeting between the leaders of the two Koreas and copy former South Korean president Kim Dae-jung’s sunshine policy in an attempt to create the false impression that China is a “divided nation.”

Of course Taiwanese understand the difference.

First, there is a strong consensus among the public in the two Koreas that there should be “one Korea,” but there is no such consensus among Taiwanese when it comes to China. Furthermore, the two Koreas agree to both North and South having a seat on the UN, thus giving the two equal status.

However, China does not allow Taiwan to join the UN, and Ma’s decision therefore causes a situation similar to that between China, Hong Kong and Macau, belittling Taiwan.

It would not be an exaggeration to say that he is destroying the Republic of China (ROC) and this is the reason why Xi allowed the meeting with Ma to take place.

Ma’s motive for working so hard to arrange a meeting with Xi is simple: He wants a place in history.

That place was once occupied by Chiang Kai-shek (蔣介石), before Mao Zedong (毛澤東) destroyed the nation. Later presidents Chiang Ching-kuo (蔣經國) and Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) also had a shot at occupying that place, but they both rejected Beijing’s defeatist framework for a meeting between “the leaders of the two sides of the Taiwan Strait.” Ma is preparing to offer Taiwan as a gift to his host as he meets for a photo opportunity and dinner with Xi.

The reasoning behind this is that while the nation’s future should be an open affair, and while Taiwanese have the right to go in any direction they want, Xi wants to push the “one China” framework and suppress Taiwanese independence, which means the only direction open to Taiwanese would take them to Beijing.

However, it is not enough to hear these words from Xi, he needs Ma, who also advocates the “one China” framework and opposes Taiwanese independence, to endorse Xi in his capacity as a popularly elected representative of the public. Ma, of course, is playing along. This is the essence of his attempt to sell out the nation and the rights of Taiwanese to decide their own future.

To cover up Ma’s attempt to facilitate the “return” of Taiwan to China, the Presidential Office said that the goal of Ma’s trip is to “consolidate cross-strait peace and maintain the ‘status quo’ across the Taiwan Strait,” even though peace has been maintained across the Taiwan Strait for 66 years, under the “status quo” that has existed since 1949.

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