Sat, Dec 10, 2005 - Page 3 News List

Ma airs his cross-strait viewpoint in magazine interview

CNA , HONG KONG

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) urged Beijing to enact a special law to deal with the delicate situation of cross-strait ties during a recent interview with Yazhou Zhoukan.

In the weekly's latest edition released this weekend, Ma said that Beijing should consider drawing up a law similar to Taiwan's Statute Governing the Relations Between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area (兩岸人民關係條例) to handle cross-strait affairs in view of the lack of official government-to-government contacts between the two sides.

Saying that he favors the so-called "1992 consensus" that allows respective interpretations of the one China model to explain Taiwan's sovereignty in its relations with China, Ma said, however, that Taiwan and Beijing differ a lot in their interpretations of the meaning of "one China."

In line with the Republic of China (ROC) Constitution, "one China" refers to the ROC, he said, noting that Taiwan cannot accept Beijing's insistence that "one China" means the People's Republic of China.

Now that there is no way to resolve the dispute at present, Taiwan and China should put aside the "one China" controversy, for what counts now is that the two sides should further bolster bilateral cultural and economic exchanges, he said.

The KMT does not favor a permanent split between the two sides of the strait, neither is it the time for discussions on unification, he said.

Ma hailed former KMT Chairman Lien Chan's (連戰) efforts in advocating a "cross-strait common market" during his landmark visit to China in spring this year, and claimed that he was very surprised that Lien and the Chinese Communist Party Secretary-General Hu Jintao (胡錦濤) were able to forge a common perspective with regard to this issue.

The "cross-strait common market" goal should be well underpinned by a solid base, such as a closer economic partnership arrangement (CEPA) or a free trade agreement (FTA), upon which to build, he said.

Claiming that Lien brought back a lot of assets to Taiwan from China, the KMT chairman said he is in no rush to visit China. Instead, he called for creating positive conditions by both sides to expand two-way exchanges, which he said is the top priority at the present stage.

Although Beijing does not recognize Taiwan as an independent country, he pointed out, it is an undeniable fact that there is an independent government in Taiwan.

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