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Public rejects ‘one country, two areas’

PANNED BY POLL:A survey this week showed about 60 percent of people rejected the ‘one country, two areas’ formulation put forward by Wu Poh-hsiung

By Chris Wang  /  Staff reporter

“Tsai, during her term as Mainland Affairs Council chairperson, proposed a similar ‘one country, four areas,’ approach in handling cross-strait relations, and if the DPP challenged such a concept, why don’t they ask Tsai to apologize as well?” he asked.

Wu, who returned from his China trip late on Wednesday night, defended his comments and reiterated that the “one country, two areas” concept referred to “Taiwan and mainland China under one country, which is the ROC.”

While Ma has clarified the concept on several occasions, he did so only through the Presidential Office and the KMT. At the KMT’s Central Standing Committee on Wednesday, Ma said the “one country” refers to “the ROC,” adding that such an idea had been put forward before by Tsai and by Taiwan Solidarity Union chairman Huang Kun-huei (黃昆輝).

Both Tsai and Huang, in response, said on Wednesday that the concept was intended at the time to explain domestic laws governing interaction among people from Taiwan, China, Hong Kong and Macao, and that nowhere did it pertain to cross-strait political relations.

Additional reporting by Mo Yan-chih

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