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ANALYSIS: Analysts question president*s national identity after low-key Double Ten Day

By Ko Shu-ling  /  STAFF REPORTER

"I respect his position on political issues, but I cannot tolerate his mixing freedom and democracy with dictatorship," he said.

Lee Yeau-tarn said he could understand Ma's decision to cancel this year's national day celebrations, but it seemed Ma did not take advantage of the critical juncture to ponder how to lead the country to a better future such as enjoying more political freedom and making the environment more sustainable.

TANG

Tang Shao-cheng (湯紹成), a research fellow at the Institute of International Relations at National Chengchi University, said Ma's national identity is perfectly clear, but the problem is both sides are still testing each other.

Tang attributed both sides' political differences to the fact that the civil war between the KMT and Chinese Communist Party is not yet officially over. Once a peace treaty is signed, Tang said all problems would be solved and a new era would begin.

Until then, Tang said a special arrangement must be made under the "one China" principle and "1992 consensus." In other words, the relationship between Taiwan and China is one that is between two regions and if Ma is the chief of the Taiwan region, then Hu is the chief of the mainland region, he said.

"There is no other arrangement better than this," he said.

On the diplomatic front, Tang said the ROC is no doubt an independent sovereignty in the eyes of its diplomatic allies. For non-allied countries, however, they do not recognize the ROC, despite its sovereignty.

During the presidencies of Lee teng-hui and Chen, China could not accept their advocacies because they concerned Taiwan's statehood, Tang said, but under Ma's policy, Taiwan and China are of "one nationality, two regions."

"In other words, we are a region in the face of China, but we are a country when we face the world," he said.

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