Monday, June 13, 2011

Sovereignty vs. jurisdiction: an acceptable basis for cross-Strait political talks?

l  At a time when sovereignty-related issues have assumed increasing importance in cross-Strait relations, President Ma Ying-jeou stated recently that the two sides of Taiwan Strait “may not recognize the other’s sovereignty claims, but should not deny or repudiate each other's existence,” in order to facilitate continued cross-strait engagement and promote regional peace.

l  Though Beijing is likely to dismiss Ma’s remarks as “campaign talks,” Ma’s statements might have nevertheless revealed the position from which Taipei, if Ma is reelected, is prepared and ready to launch cross-Strait political discussions with Beijing.

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