Taiwan leader says:
‘No unification with China for now’
Also urges China to emulate Taiwan’s democracy:
Taiwan: Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou said Monday that
unification with China was not on the agenda for now, speaking a day
after his Chinese counterpart called for the two rivals to reunite. Ma
also urged China to emulate Taiwan’s democracy, as he addressed an
audience gathered in Taipei for the 100th anniversary of the revolution
that set the stage for the Republic of China, the island’s official
“We are maintaining the status quo of ‘no unification, no
independence, and no use of force’,” Ma said.
“This has greatly relaxed tensions across the Taiwan Strait and
garnered the international community’s affirmation and support.”
China and Taiwan have been separated since the end of a civil war 62
years ago, but Beijing still claims sovereignty over the island and has
vowed to get it back.
On Sunday, Chinese President Hu Jintao marked the same 100th
anniversary by stating that “reunification through peaceful means is
what most suits Chinese people’s fundamental interests, including Taiwan
Officials at the Presidential Office in Taipei could not immediately
confirm whether Ma had adjusted his prepared speech after Hu’s comments
were delivered. The Taiwanese president said in his speech that the
aspiration of the founders of the Chinese republic a century ago was to
“establish a free and democratic nation with equitable distribution of
“The mainland ought to courageously move in that direction,” he told
The revolution commemorated Monday in Taiwan overthrew China’s last
emperor, bringing more than 2,000 years of nearly unbroken imperial
history to an abrupt end.
The Republic of China that then emerged lasted on the mainland until
1949, when the Communists took power.
This forced the remnants of the republic to move to Taiwan, which
still calls itself the Republic of China.
Taipei, Monday, AFP