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Cablegate: Tokyo Media Reaction - China-Taiwan Relations

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SUBJECT: TOKYO MEDIA REACTION - CHINA-TAIWAN RELATIONS


1. LEAD STORIES: Lead items on Wednesday morning
included earnings reports compiled by Japan's top banks
pointing to a loss of more than 900 billion yen in
connection with the U.S. subprime loan crisis.

2. "Maintaining Status-Quo Is Wise Choice" On the
inauguration of Taiwan President Ma, the liberal Asahi
editorialized (5/21): "In his inauguration address
yesterday, Taiwan President Ma emphasized his policy of
maintaining the status-quo vis-`-vis China by saying
that he would adopt the principle of no unification, no
independence, and on use of force. He apparently hoped
to make this stance very clear.... Ensuring stable
cross-strait relations would bring positive effects on
the U.S., Japan, and other neighboring countries. We
want China and Taiwan to become ambitious in easing
military tensions through enhanced dialogue."

3. "President Ma Should Call on China to Adopt
Democracy" The business-oriented Nikkei insisted
(5/21): "Taiwanese President Ma expressed his strong
resolve to seize the 'historic momentum' for resuming
dialogue with China, which has been suspended since
1999. This call should be taken positively, as it would
help stabilize the relationship between Beijing and
Taipei.... With Taiwan having adopted a direct election
for its president in 1996, democracy appears to have
been taking root there. President Ma is called upon to
press China to democratize itself from the viewpoint of
protecting human rights."

4. "New President Must Make Utmost Efforts to Ensure
Peaceful Cross-Strait Ties" The liberal Tokyo Shimbun
argued (5/21): "In an attempt to resume dialogue with
China, President Ma is asking Beijing for a 'truce' to
a diplomatic war of courting countries into their
respective camps. It is high time for China to
demonstrate its superpower status to respond positively
to Ma's approach."

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