China's proposed "anti-secession" law will hurt the status quo and both China and Taiwan should take a step back and make compromises to resolve the situation, Taipei City Mayor Ma Ying-jeou (
"China's actions are escalating tensions across the Strait. Both sides should take a step back; if [China and Taiwan] are competing to prove their own bravery, then that is very dangerous," Ma said at ceremony marking the donation of a refugee house in Taipei.
Ma's comments come on the heels of recent calls from pan-green politicians for him and fellow Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Vice Chairman and Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) to clarify their stances on the draft law set to be passed by China's National People's Congress within the month.
A statement made by Chinese President Hu Jin-tao (
In his Friday statement, Hu alluded to President Chen Shui-bian's (
The "four noes" refer to Chen's pledge to refrain from declaring independence, changing the nation's title, pushing for the inclusion of the state-to-state description of cross-strait relations in the Constitution and promoting a referendum to change the status quo on independence or unification during his term in office.
Saying that the basic rule in maintaining peace between the two sides of the strait is that "China does not use force and Taiwan does not declare independence," Ma noted that if neither side can respect this rule, cross-strait relations will be jeopardized.