China not surprised by Ma's '1 ROC, 2 areas'
The China Post news staffThe China Post news staff--Beijing said yesterday that it was not surprised by President Ma Ying-jeou's recent reiteration of the “one Republic of China, two areas” stance.
May 31, 2012, 12:00 am TWN
Without citing the president's statement, a spokesman for China's Taiwan Affairs Office under the State Council, Yang Yi, said Ma was reiterating his “long standing” policy, which did not surprise Beijing.
“The fact that the two sides (Taiwan and China) belong to one China has not changed. There are no 'two Chinas' and the relationship between the two sides is not one of nation-to-nation,” Yang said.
Yang also said that Ma's remarks reflected an “objective” fact.
It was the first official response from China over Ma's statement of “one R.O.C., two areas” made in his May 20 inauguration speech.
Yang said the cross-strait relationship is different from that of East and West Germany during the Cold War, and that Taipei and Beijing should develop a unique track leading to “peaceful unification.”
Ma said on May 24 that cross-strait relations could find inspiration from the 1972 agreement between the two Germanys, which replaced “sovereignty” with “supreme power” and distinguished between “sovereignty” and the “authority to govern.”
Ma said the distinction was his inspiration and the basis for his administration's handling of cross-strait relations.
Yang said Ma's remarks would affect cross-strait negotiations.
Yang also said that a plan between the Beijing-based Association for Relations across the Taiwan Straits and the Taipei-based Straits Exchange Foundation to establish mutual presences on each side of the strait will help solve cross-strait affairs more efficiently.
The two organizations are Taiwan and China's semi-governmental organizations designed to maintain relations between the two sides in the absence of official ties.
In response to Yang's remarks, Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) official Lu Chang-shui said in Taipei that Ma's “one R.O.C., two areas” stance is in line with the cross-strait status as defined in the R.O.C. Constitution and related laws governing ties between the two sides.