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Ma's new China policy should be more trailblazing: Chinese scholars

2012/05/17 21:53:58

Beijing, May 17 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou should propose more pioneering China policies in his second term, two Chinese scholars said as the May 20 inauguration of Ma and Vice President-elect Wu Den-yih neared.

In Ma's first term, he focused more on the economic aspect while improving Taiwan-China relations, said Wang Jianmin, a researcher from the Institute of Taiwan Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

Other "profound issues," such as confidence and security building mechanisms, have yet to be touched, Wang noted, adding China thus "definitely has some expectations" over what Ma may propose in his second term.

Ma should develop more innovative China policies in his second term, particularly regarding the "one China" issue, Wang said.

It is worth expecting whether Ma will treat "one China" as a major issue, Wang said.

Based on the 1992 consensus, according to the ruling Kuomintang, a tacit understanding exists between Taiwan and China that there is only "one China," with each side free to interpret what the phrase means. China has repeatedly said the consensus should be the foundation of all cross-Taiwan Strait exchanges.

Wang believed Ma would propose "consolidating previous results" of his China policies when speaking on the future of cross-strait development at Sunday's inauguration ceremony.

He is also likely to reiterate the current stances of "economics first, politics can wait" and "easy tasks first, difficult ones can wait," Wang said.

Regarding Taiwan-China political exchanges, Wang noted that Ma will probably not take a big step forward over the next four years.

Ma will probably not talk too much about a peace treaty between the two sides, an idea he previously floated but later downplayed after being criticized by opposition parties, during his speech, Wang added.

Instead, Ma is likely to reiterate the position of "no use of force" across the Taiwan Strait, he added.

While a formal peace deal might not be signed in Ma's second term, he should still help create better conditions for the goal, Wang suggested.

Zheng Zhenqing, a Taiwan studies professor at Beijing's Tsinghua University, also said Ma should further show his leadership in various aspects in the second term.

Zheng said he hopes Ma can move forward on the issue of national identity, for example. If the president says he is "both Taiwanese and Chinese" in his much-anticipated inauguration speech, the words would carry a lot of meaning, Zheng said.

Moreover, Ma must review with boldness some of his China policies, including the cap on Chinese investments in Taiwan and limitations on Chinese students studying in Taiwan, and push for revisions, he noted.

Otherwise, the momentum for improvement in cross-strait ties could be lost, he warned.

(By Lawrence Chiu and Kendra Lin)