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Cablegate: Tokyo Media Reaction - China-Taiwan Relations

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USTR FOR PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE;
TREASURY FOR OASIA/IMI;
SECDEF FOR OASD/PA;
CP BUTLER OKINAWA FOR AREA FIELD OFFICE;
PACOM HONOLULU FOR PUBLIC DIPLOMACY ADVISOR

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SUBJECT: TOKYO MEDIA REACTION - CHINA-TAIWAN RELATIONS


1. LEAD STORIES: Top stories on Thursday morning
included GOJ panel recommendations on the creation of a
new agency for consumer-related issues.

2. "China and Taiwan Should Pursue Dialogue" The
liberal Mainichi editorialized (5/22): "Kuomintang
(Chinese National Party) President Ma has been
inaugurated as president of Taiwan.... His most
pressing challenge is how to improve relations with
China, which were stalled during his predecessor's
eight years in office.... Talks between the Chinese
Communist Party and the Kuomintang resumed after
Chinese President Hu Jintao took office, and the two
parties became more positive about dialogue. Beijing
has welcomed the birth of the Ma administration, which
opposes seeking Taiwan's independence from China.
However, this honeymoon will be short-lived if the two
parties continue the current status quo. President Ma
should move quickly to create a framework for stable
dialogue with Beijing."

3. "China Should Work for Cross-Strait Stability" The
moderate Yomiuri's editorial argued (5/22): "The search
for new direction in China-Taiwan relations has begun,
as Kuomintang leader Ma has been inaugurated as
Taiwan's president.... He declared during his inaugural
address that he will maintain the status quo while
seeking a rapid improvement of Taipei's relations with
Beijing.... The status quo - neither unification nor
independence - seems to be a natural choice, as it is
widely supported by the Taiwanese people. China should
understand and respect the will of the people of Taiwan
when it begins talks with the Ma administration."

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