SINGLE NOTE:President Ma Ying-jeou said a democratized China would let people on both sides of the Taiwan Strait think on an equal basis as a prelude to any integration
Date: Jun 04, 2015
By: Alison Hsiao / Staff reporter
President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) recounted his administration’s efforts to promote
regional stability as a peacemaker and as a US ally in a video link to a conference with US academics and former US officials organized yesterday by Stanford University’s Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law.
He also described as “interesting” Democratic Progressive Party Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) desire to uphold the “status quo,” calling it an unexpected move from an opposition leader.
Speaking at the beginning of the conference, Ma said the Taiwan-US relationship is at its best in 36 years.
“There are two key reasons,” he said. “First is the successful handling of the cross-strait relationship based on the 1992 consensus, namely the ‘one China, respective interpretations’ principle. Second [is] the low-key and surprise-free approach to the conduct of our [Taiwan-US] bilateral relations.” [FULL STORY]