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KMT lauds Tsai over willingness to meet with Chinese official

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Kuomintang (KMT) yesterday lauded Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) for expressing a willingness to speak with Chinese officials, while urging her to make clear her stance on the 1992 consensus.

Tsai recently said that as long as there aren't any preconditions, she would be willing to meet Taiwan Affairs Office Minister Zhang Zhijun (張志軍) at the DPP's headquarters.

KMT spokesman Charles Chen (陳以信) said that the ruling party is happy to see Tsai's willingness to engage in dialogue with mainland China.

The ruling party hopes for the sake of cross-strait stability that the DPP can maintain this openness, Chen said.

'Consistency'

In the past, the DPP's cross-strait policies have been based on faulty logic, while members of the party have often been observed to say one thing while doing the other, Chen said, urging the opposition to better explain its policies.

On the one hand, it has been preventing examination of the Cross-Strait Trade in Services Agreement over the past 10 months, and its lawmakers have seized the rostrum at the Legislative Yuan a total of 43 times to paralyze parliamentary proceedings. On the other hand, Tsai has all of a sudden expressed a willingness to meet Chang, while Tainan Mayor William Lai (賴清德) has suddenly embarked on a visit to mainland China, Chen said.

From the issue of direct cross-strait flights to the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement, flip flopping has been a consistent streak in the DPP, the spokesman said.

Consistency is one of the most important attributes of a solid cross-strait policy, Chen said, urging Tsai to explain her stance on the 1992 consensus.

The 1992 consensus is a cornerstone to cross-strait relations, but Tsai has in the past denied the existence of that consensus, Chen said.

Chen requested that Tsai openly pledge to prevent her party's lawmakers from seizing the rostrum before starting exchanges with mainland China, so that the cross-strait service trade pact and the cross-strait agreement supervisory act are no longer stuck in a state of paralysis.

"(Otherwise), inconsistent cross-strait policies and the method of being lenient with oneself but strict with others when it comes to cross-strait issues are not going to win the public's trust," Chen said.

Tsai recently expressed doubt over the "motives" of the president wanting to meet his mainland Chinese counterpart; however, when she served as minister of the Mainland Affairs Council, she encouraged then-President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) to invite the mainland Chinese leadership for a chat, Chen said. "The DPP will allow Tsai Ing-wen to meet Zhang Zhijun, but won't allow Ma Ying-jeou to meet Xi Jinping (習近平)."

Tsai requested "no preconditions," but she and her party have consistently set preconditions for all sorts of meetings, such as when the president expressed a willingness to meet Tsai for a discussion on national policies, Tsai immediately requested the precondition for the government to halt construction of the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant.

Isn't this a typical example of having double standards, Chen asked.

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