Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Beyond the “one country, two areas” controversy

l  Expectedly, the “one country, two areas” formula, proposed by Kuomintang (KMT) Honorary Chairman Wu Poh-hsiung late last month in Beijing, has stirred up heated debates within Taiwan.

l  Since Wu’s proposal came amidst the US beef controversy, many believed it was a government attempt to divert attention away from possibly the most divisive issue in US-Taiwan relations in over a decade.

l  Moreover, since President Ma Ying-jeou has reiterated that he will adhere to the “no unification, no independence, and no use of force” position and not to initiate political talks with Beijing, it seemed odd that Wu, whose proposal was supposedly pre-approved and sanctioned by government, would make such a proposal that obviously contradicted the president’s longstanding position on cross-Strait political dialogue.

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