Archive for the ‘one-China’ Category

No dramatic thaw with China likely after Taiwan poll

March 16, 2008
By Ben Blanchard

BEIJING (Reuters) – Both Taiwan presidential candidates promise better ties with China, but whoever wins, chances of a dramatic or quick thaw in ties are unlikely as sensitive political problems will be tricky to tackle.

Taiwan's main opposition Nationalist Party (KMT) presidential ...
Taiwan’s main opposition Nationalist Party (KMT) presidential candidate Ma Ying-jeou speaks to supporters in front of a Taiwan flag during a campaign rally in Tainan March 16, 2008. Taiwan’s presidential election will be held on March 22.REUTERS/Nicky Loh (TAIWAN)

Nationalist candidate Ma Ying-jeou, the election front-runner, is seen as being more sympathetic to China, and many believe a President Ma would move fast to boost economic, trade and possibly political ties with Beijing.

Victory for his rival from the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), Frank Hsieh, could make a rapprochement harder, despite Hsieh promising a much more relaxed China policy than President Chen Shui-bian.

In a fresh example of their different approaches, both candidates criticized the recent violence in Tibet on Saturday, but only Hsieh tied it to Taiwan’s situation.
Taiwan's ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential ... 
Taiwan’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate Frank Hsieh raises his hands with supporters during an election campaign in Tainan March 15, 2008. Hsieh condemned the violence in Tibet by the Chinese government on Saturday during a news conference. Taiwan’s presidential elections will be held on March 22.REUTERS/Pichi Chuang (TAIWAN)

“As we look at Tibet, we must think about our own fate,” said Hsieh.

Steve Tsang, Director of the Taiwan Studies Programme at Oxford University, said: “I think in the medium to long term you would see significant improvements in the relationship (if Ma wins), at least by way of easing of tensions.”

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EU Favors “One China,” Denies Taiwan

January 8, 2008

January 8, 2008

 The EU’s external affairs commissioner has called for increased efforts to defuse tension between China and Taiwan.

China considers Taiwan a renegade province which must be reunited with the mainland, by force if necessary.

Taipei, however, insists it is a sovereign state, an assertion supported by a growing number of MEPs, including ALDE leader Graham Watson.

Speaking exclusively to this website, EU commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner said the EU remained committed to its ‘One China’ policy.

She said, “We are convinced that stability across the Taiwan straits is integral to the stability and prosperity of east Asia and the wider international community.

“At the same time we welcome initiatives by both sides that aim at promoting dialogue, practical cooperation and increased confidence building.

“The EU encourages both sides to continue to avoid provocation and to take all possible measures to resolve differences peacefully through negotiations between all stakeholders concerned.”

She added, “In our view both sides need to resolve disputes peacefully through dialogue.

“There have been a number of positive steps taken – we encourage both sides to take initiatives aimed at promoting dialogue, practical cooperation and confidence building.

“The EU is convinced that both sides of the straits should refrain from statements or actions which might raise tensions across the strait and which might be perceived as unilateral changes to the status quo.

“This is why, at the latest EU-China summit, the EU reiterated its concern over the intended referendum on UN membership in the name of Taiwan.”

In a reference to Taiwan’s latest bid this spring to join the WHO, the Austrian commissioner said, “The EU does not support Taiwan’s membership of organisations which require statehood.

“However, the EU supports pragmatic solutions.

“We call, for instance, for Taiwan’s practical cooperation in the technical work of the WHO because we believe that such cooperation is important for the proper functioning of the WHO’s world-wide health system.”

Her comments were generally welcomed by Michael Kau, Taiwan’s Representative to the EU and Belgium.

He said, “We are very appreciative of the EU wishing Beijing to engage in peaceful dialogue. Of course, this is something Taiwan is willing to promote.

“However, we still have reservations about the EU’s continued support for the ‘One-China’ policy, which is very confusing.

“We would rather see policy based on one China and one Taiwan.”

Taiwan’s Chen says no peace deal with China

October 16, 2007

TAIPEI (AFP) – Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian on Tuesday snubbed a peace overture made by China, saying Taipei would never sign what he called a “surrender agreement” based on Beijing‘s “one-China” principle.

Chinese President Hu Jintao made the offer on Monday in his keynote speech at the opening of the Communist Party’s five-yearly Congress, but insisted independence for the island would never be tolerated.

“Since Hu Jintao still demands ‘one China’ as a precondition, this would be a surrender agreement rather than a peace agreement,” Chen said ….


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US gives cautious welcome to a China-Taiwan peace proposal