Cablegate: Media Reaction: U.S.-China-Taiwan Relations
DE RUEHIN #0353 0740724
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 140724Z MAR 08
FM AIT TAIPEI
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 8358
INFO RUEHBJ/AMEMBASSY BEIJING 7938
RUEHHK/AMCONSUL HONG KONG 9193
UNCLAS AIT TAIPEI 000353
DEPARTMENT FOR INR/R/MR, EAP/TC, EAP/PA, EAP/PD - NIDA EMMONS
DEPARTMENT PASS AIT/WASHINGTON
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TAGS: OPRC KMDR KPAO TW
SUBJECT: MEDIA REACTION: U.S.-CHINA-TAIWAN RELATIONS
Summary: Taiwan's major Chinese-language dailies focused news
coverage March 14 on the KMT's apology for its party legislators'
intrusion at DPP presidential candidate Frank Hsieh's campaign
headquarters; on the presidential election campaigns; on Chinese
Taipei baseball team's expected face-off with South Korea on March
14; on the rise in commodity prices; on the results of Taiwan's
college admissions tests; and on New York Governor Eliot Spitzer's
prostitution scandal. In terms of editorials and commentaries, an
editorial in the pro-independence, English-language daily "Taiwan
News" explained why the policy of a "cross-Strait common market"
proposed by KMT presidential candidate Ma Ying-jeou and his running
mate Vincent Siew will allegedly put Taiwan in jeopardy and hurt the
U.S.-Taiwan security relationship. The editorial urged the U.S. to
welcome DPP presidential candidate Frank Hsieh's presidency for
long-term security in the region. End summary.
"'Common Market' and Security"
The pro-independence, English-language daily "Taiwan News"
[circulation: 20,000] editorialized (3/14):
"... the Ma-Siew call for a common market with our far larger and
authoritarian neighbor will undoubtedly affect Taiwan's global
economic links, international position and security relations with
other nations, particularly our close ties with the United States
"Indeed, Ma and Siew claim that signing such pacts with Beijing will
remove the biggest political obstacle in the way of free trade
agreements with the U.S., Japan or other nations and ease our entry
into international organizations such as the World Bank, the
International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and even the United
"Even more damaging will be the consequences of such integration on
our high technology industries, which purchase or license the bulk
of advanced technology and know-how from U.S. or Japanese firms.
"Closer association with the piracy-prone PRC market will spark deep
concern among U.S. and Japanese high-technology providers about the
security of their intellectual property and spark fears that
know-how licensed to a Taiwan-based company will be passed on to a
PRC partner and be used to compete against the original technology
"In addition, the PRC is now subject to restrictions imposed by the
United States, the European Union and Japan on arms or "dual use"
technologies or high-technology equipment. Cross-strait economic
integration could well result in the application of such
restrictions to Taiwan. ...
"... an official 'cross-strait economic integration' agreement [is]
more likely to give Beijing a pretext to declare that it should
"represent" Taiwan in negotiating or signing any FTAs [Free Trade
Agreements] and that our 23 million people can be represented by the
PRC in international organizations or at most be allotted a small
subordinate presence as 'Taipei, China.' ...
"Since both Washington and Tokyo do not wish to see absorption of a
substantively independent and democratic Taiwan into an
authoritarian and "rising hegemonic" PRC, we believe that the U.S.,
Japan and other powers should welcome a Hsieh presidency."