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‘Areas’ idea may have come from Ma: think tank

RED HERRINGThe Taiwan Thinktank said that the “one country, two areas” comment may have been devised to draw attention away from the US beef issue

By Chen Hui-ping  /  Staff reporter

The “one country, two areas” idea touted by former Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) chairman Wu Poh-hsiung (吳伯雄) may have been a political move that came directly from President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), rather than wider government circles, aimed at expressing gratitude for alleged help from China during the Jan. 14 elections, the Taiwan Thinktank said yesterday.

According to an analysis written by one of the think tank’s directors, Lai I-chung (賴怡忠), Mainland Affairs Council Minister Lai Shin-yuan (賴幸媛) did not have prior knowledge of the comment made by Wu during his meeting with Chinese President Hu Jintao (胡錦濤) on March 22. Furthermore, National Security Bureau (NSB) director Tsai Der-sheng (蔡得勝) did not approve of the comment, indicating that it may not have been a part of the government’s plans, the paper said.

Instead, the analysis said it may have been a political move directly from Ma to repay Beijing for its alleged “favor” of helping the KMT and Ma win re-election in the Jan. 14 elections, adding that the timing of the proposal also drew attention from the controversial US beef issue.

The “one country, two areas” concept is closer to the “one China” framework than the “one China with different interpretations,” and the fact that Taiwan brought it up on its own initiative means that the country might lose all its leverage in future political negotiations and would be forced to go down the path of “ultimate unification,” the think tank said.

The suggestion that the government “actively wants negotiations” differs hugely from the expectations of most of the public and the KMT is obliged to explain itself to Taiwanese, it said.

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), the Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) and other political parties should also bring up the issue and debate it with the KMT, it said.

Translated by Jake Chung, Staff writer

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