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Tsai: Ma's 'new three noes' proposal hurts Taiwan's sovereignty

2018/11/09 18:15:33

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文)

Taipei, Nov. 9 (CNA) The new "three noes" recently proposed by former President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) has hurt Taiwan's sovereignty and sent the wrong message that China's bullying of Taiwan is effective, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said Friday.

"Ma's remarks were very inappropriate and give people the feeling he is trying to hold them back," Tsai said after attending a meeting for Industry Day at Grand Hotel in Taipei.

Tsai was referring to the "three noes" -- no ruling out the possibility of unification with China, no support for Taiwan independence, and no use of force -- put forth by Ma at a seminar Wednesday that marked the three-year anniversary of his summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) in Singapore in 2015.

When Ma met with Xi, many in Taiwan questioned whether Ma insisted on the "different interpretations" part of the "1992 consensus" when he spoke to Xi, Tsai said.

The so-called consensus that China and the Kuomintang (KMT) say was reached in 1992 was a tacit understanding that there is only "one China," with each side having a different interpretation of what that means.

In the public portion of the Ma-Xi meeting, Ma only voiced the "one China" part of the consensus, but he said he raised the "different interpretation" part in their private meeting.

Three years after that meeting, the new "three noes" proposal represents an even greater compromise toward China, according to Tsai.

"It seriously hurts Taiwan's sovereignty and sends a wrong message to the international community that Taiwan will yield to China's suppression at a time when China has spared no effort to bully Taiwan," she said.

China has used every means to suppress Taiwan, including buying away its diplomatic allies, depriving it of its right to take part in international activities, sending military jet planes and vessels to circle around Taiwan, and spreading fake news that creates confrontation in Taiwan, Tsai said.

"At such a time, Taiwan's people need to be united in facing external perils," she said and argued that Ma, in his capacity as her predecessor, had an unavoidable responsibility to uphold the country's sovereignty.

With nationwide local elections just two weeks away, she also challenged members of the opposition Kuomintang (of which Ma is a member) to voice their opinions on Ma's proposal and urged them to stand on the side of upholding the country's sovereignty with Taiwan's people.

(By Yeh Su-ping and Flor Wang)