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Cablegate: Media Reaction: U.S.-China-Taiwan Relations

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SUBJECT: MEDIA REACTION: U.S.-CHINA-TAIWAN RELATIONS


Summary: Taiwan's major Chinese-language dailies focused their May
2 news coverage on the scandal over two middlemen's embezzlement of
US$30 million that Taiwan intended to use in establishing diplomatic
relations with Papua New Guinea; on Taiwan's President-elect Ma
Ying-jeou's reiteration of his support of the 1992 consensus; and on
Ma Ying-jeou being named by "Time" as one of the world's 100 most
influential people. In terms of editorials and commentaries, an
op-ed in the pro-unification "United Daily News" wondered how Ma is
going to deal with competing pressures coming from both the United
States and China while consolidating Taiwan's own sovereignty.
Another op-ed in the mass-circulation "Apple Daily" also questioned
the direction of Ma's cross-Strait policy after he appointed
pro-Taiwan independence politician Lai Shin-yuan to take charge of
Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), and the implications of the
appointment for U.S.-Taiwan and cross-Strait relations. End
summary.

A) "Embrace the United States, or Cooperate with China?"

Wu Tung-yin, a public servant, opined in the pro-unification "United
Daily News" [circulation: 400,000] (5/2):

"... The contradiction and predicament that Taiwan faces at the
moment is that, on the one hand, [Taiwan] would like to maintain the
status of an independent country; on the other hand, [Taiwan] would
like to benefit from Mainland economic interest. However, it is
difficult for the two to co-exist. After [Taiwan's President-elect]
Ma Ying-jeou is inaugurated, he definitely will have to face a more
significant decision, which is, when the Americans tell Ma's
administration that 'I can sell you F-16 [fighter jets], will [Ma's
administration] buy them or not?

"Once [Ma] accedes to the United States' request, it immediately
creates the phenomenon of 'Taiwan making money from Mainland on the
one hand and buying weapons from the United States to resist the
Mainland on the other hand.' Can the Chinese Communists tolerate
this state of affairs? Two days ago, AIT Director Stephen Young
openly said that the United States 'is committed to ensuring
Taiwan's meaningful participation in the activities of international
organizations.' This move, although it doesn't really deliver
anything [Ed.: the original Chinese was "like drawing a pie," i.e.,
an impractical attempt to relieve one's hunger], is apparently a
U.S. active measure to cozy up to Ma's administration. ..."

B) "A Shadow is Following the Development of Cross-Strait
Relations"

Chen Yu-chun, a professor in the Graduate School of American Studies
of Taiwan's Chinese Culture University and a visiting fellow at
Beijing Union University, opined in the mass-circulation "Apple
Daily" [circulation: 520,000] (5/2):

"... [Taiwan's President-elect] Ma Ying-jeou expressed his will to
visit the United States immediately after he was elected.
Washington felt touched, although it put aside [Ma's wish] with the
excuse that there is no precedent. U.S. Defense Department
officials have said that the United States and Taiwan should
strengthen military exchanges during Ma's administration and the
United States wants to sell 60 F-16 fighters and six submarines [to
Taiwan]. Beijing's military is highly concerned about this. Now,
both sides across the Strait have said that they are willing to sit
down and talk to end the hostility. If Taiwan continues significant
arms procurement from the United States and deepens its connections
[with the United States] in military and security affairs, how will
both sides of the Strait talk about reaching a peace agreement? Ma
once demanded that Beijing withdraw the missiles that were deployed
along the coast [targeting Taiwan]. How would the Chinese
Communists withdraw the missiles under such circumstances? The
United States still wants to contain China. How Taiwan keeps
equidistant from two strong powers, China and the United States,
respectively, will be a test of the Ma administration's wisdom. It
is necessary to understand that security issues are, in fact,
political issues. Although it is probably fine not to touch [the
political issues] in the short term, in the end it is still
necessary to face [the political issues] in order to establish real,
lasting peace."

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