January 3, 2009
Taiwan Solidarity Union rejects China’s latest olive branch as ‘old trick’
TAIPEI, Taiwan — Chinese President Hu Jintao’s speech on Dec. 31 calling for closer ties between China and Taiwan is one of China’s old tricks to take over Taiwan, and a strategy aimed at unifying the two sides through cultural and economic integration, the pro-independence Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) said yesterday.
According to a news release issued by the TSU, Hu’s speech to mark the 30th anniversary of a message from China, which called for reunification of the two sides of the Taiwan Strait by peaceful means, is a prelude to China’s conspiracy to achieve political unification with Taiwan eventually.
TSU Chairman Huang Kun-huei said in the news release that by launching the “three big links” and the opening of Taiwanese universities to Chinese students, President Ma Yin-jeou’s administration has basically completely accepted Beijing’s policies towards Taiwan as well as adopted China’s “one-China” principle.
“Ma’s government has continuously pushed Taiwan to fall into China’s ‘one country, two systems’ scheme “ said Huang.
He expressed his discontent through the news release, adding that the proposed signing of a Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA) with China will force Taiwan to follow the Hong Kong and Macau model, which will ultimately downgrade Taiwan to the level of a local government, subordinate to Beijing.
In the news release, Huang urged Ma to stop fooling himself by continuing to adhere to a so-called “1992 consensus” that Huang believes China will never respect.
According to Ma, the two sides reached an understanding in 1992 that there was “one China” but with different interpretations of the meaning of the term.
Ambiguity over the term allows Ma’s administration to skirt sovereignty issues in negotiations with China.
Huang insisted, however, that Hu will never accept any definition other than the one China being the People’s Republic of China, with Taiwan a part of the PRC.
Neither China nor the international community recognize the existence of the “1992 consensus” and adhering to such a consensus will only further jeopardize Taiwan’s existence in the international arena, Huang argued.