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The best news in Taiwan after Ma Ying-jeou’s landslide victory in the presidential election on March 22 is his running mate Vincent Siew’s scheduled visit to Boao on Hainan Island to meet with Chinese President Hu Jintao next week.
Siew isn’t attending the Boao Conference in his new capacity as vice president-elect, of course.He represents his private, non-profit organization.But that doesn’t matter.What matters is the chance he has to talk with Hu Jintao about his master plan to form a common market across the Taiwan Strait.And the fact that China lets Siew attend the three-day meeting at the Hainan city bodes well for closer economic cooperation between Taiwan and China.
Perhaps, it might have been offered as a consolation prize, after Beijing has successfully opposed Ma Ying-jeou’s loudly announced plan to visit the United States as president-elect.At any rate, Siew should take the opportunity to help Hu Jintao better understand the man who will be sworn in as president on May 20.
That is more important than any understanding Siew may reach with Chinese government officials on how best to proceed to build the cross-Strait common market.Chinese leaders are now sizing up Ma Ying-jeou, whose stance vis-à-vis relations between Taipei and Beijing is “no independence” for Taiwan, “no force” to be used across the Strait, and “no change” in the status quo. Ma hasn’t reiterated Taiwan’s “eventual unification” with China.That has made a suspicious Beijing suspect that the president-elect has given it up altogether as a pillar of his China policy.Should China confirm that suspicion, Ma would be regarded as a less hostile Chen Shui-bian, with whom no peace accord could be negotiated and signed as a modus vivendi for establishing the cross-Strait common market.
Hu Jintao has gone on the record by announcing China is ready for dialogue on the basis of the consensus of 1992 to sign a peace accord with Taiwan.According to that tacit agreement, which is a sine qua non for any negotiation across the Strait, both Beijing and Taipei acknowledge there is but one China, whose connotation or definition may be individually and orally expressed.Ma Ying-jeou, on the other hand, has offered independence as an option open to the people of Taiwan.So long as he does not recommit himself to Chinese reunification as an ultimate goal, Beijing reserves the right to turn him down.
We do wish Vincent Siew every success at Boao.His success will pave the way for the long-awaited détente between Taiwan and China.