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No change to cross-strait policy: Fan Chiang

By Mo Yan-chih and Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  Staff reporters

Premier Sean Chen answers questions at the legislature in Taipei yesterday after former Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) chairman Wu Poh-hsiung touted “one country, two areas” during a visit to China.

Photo: Chien Jung-fong, Taipei Times

Former Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) chairman Wu Poh-hsiung’s (吳伯雄) interpretation of the cross-strait status as “one country, two areas (一國兩區)” is in accordance with the Republic of China (ROC) Constitution, which states the ROC encompasses “Taiwan and mainland China,” Presidential Office spokesman Fan Chiang Tai-chi (范姜泰基) said yesterday.

During a meeting with Chinese President Hu Jintao (胡錦濤) on Thursday, Wu touted a “one country, two areas” concept to improve cross-strait ties. Wu’s remarks drew strong disapproval from the opposition.

The Presidential Office said the administration of President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) continues to handle cross-strait relations under the principle of “one China,” which is the ROC.

Ma’s stance on defending Taiwan’s sovereignty using the so-called “1992 consensus” and the principle of “one China, with each side having its own interpretation” remains unchanged, Fan Chiang said.

“President Ma’s stance [on cross-strait relations] has never changed. In the Constitution, one China refers to the ROC, and the two areas refer to Taiwan and the mainland ... The mainland is the ROC’s territory outside of Taiwan and that definition was determined more than 20 years ago in a constitutional amendment,” Fan Chiang added.

Wu is leading a delegation to China to attend the annual forum between the KMT and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and it is believed that he was conveying the Ma administration’s cross-strait policy for the next four years to Hu on behalf of the president.

Following the Wu-Hu meeting, vice president-elect Wu Den-yih’s (吳敦義) upcoming visit to the Boao Forum in Hainan, China, from March 31 to April 3 is the next venue for cross-strait talks. Wu Den-yih is expected to meet Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang (李克強) at the forum.

Fan Chiang yesterday denied that Wu Poh-hsiung proposed the new definition on cross-strait ties with Ma’s approval, insisting that the definition has not changed.

“The sross-strait status is ‘one ROC, with two areas,’ and that definition has not changed throughout the terms of two former presidents and under President Ma,” he said.

Separately yesterday, Premier Sean Chen (陳冲) echoed the Presidential Office’s statement.

The “one country, two areas” formula is “in line with our understanding” based on Article 11 of the Additional Articles of the ROC Constitution, which is why the Act Governing Relations Between the Peoples of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area (台灣地區與大陸地區人民關係條例) was enacted, he said.

“Wu Poh-hsiung was repeating the spirit enshrined in the Constitution’s articles,” Chen said.

Chen did not answer when asked by reporters whether he accepted the “one country, two areas” formula; instead, he asked in return: “Is there any better way to describe the article in four words?”

Earlier yesterday, at the National Affairs Forum, during which lawmakers signed up for a three-minute speech in the legislature, Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) Legislator Lin Shih-chia (林世嘉) put an “X” over the character for “national” on the poster board and replaced it with the character for “area.”

“Following the ‘one country, two areas’ proposal, I feel so confused. Are we at the National or Area Affairs Forum?” Lin asked.

Ma did not deserve to be the country’s president, Lin said, adding that he may as well fly to China if he wants to be “area manager.”

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