Fri, Dec 30, 2011 - Page 1 News List

2012 ELECTIONS: Ma ambiguous, flip-flops on cross-strait issues: DPP

By Chris Wang and Mo Yan-chih  /  Staff Reporters

Kuo said that in terms of his cross-strait policies, People First Party (PFP) Chairman James Soong (宋楚瑜) has been more honest than Ma, as the former has insisted that both sides of the Taiwan Strait belong to “one China.” Soong has said that Ma should reinstate the Guidelines for National Unification if he agrees with the “one China” principle.

Yesterday’s press conference was the third of its kind hosted by the DPP’s “interpellation group on national affairs,” which was set up to examine Ma’s performance and to raise questions on cross-strait, domestic and foreign affairs, as well as defense policies, until election day on Jan. 14.

In response, Ma’s re-election campaign office spokesman Yin Wei (殷瑋) said Ma would not address the issue of unification during his term in office as he has promised, adding that Ma’s proposed peace agreement with China would only proceed under this premise.

"President Ma has repeated his stance on numerous occasions — that he will not discuss the issue of unification [with China] during his term — that is what ‘no unification’ means. The president has made that very clear,” Yin said.

The “three noes” policy and the “1992 consensus” remain the main principle policies for cross-strait development, while Ma’s proposed cross-strait peace agreement would only be signed with strong domestic support and the supervision of the legislature, Yin said.

"President Ma is candid on the issue of unification. Does Chairperson Tsai dare to be candid about the issue of independence?” Yin asked, accusing Tsai and the DPP of adopting double standards on cross-strait issues, and challenging Tsai to offer clear explanation as to whether her proposed cross-strait peace mechanism is based on the premise of independence for Taiwan.

"Why is it that your [Tsai’s] proposal is a promotion of peace, while other people’s proposed peace agreements sell out Taiwan? This is a clear double standard,” Yin said.

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