China hatches a 3-point proposal for cross-strait relations
Central News Agency
2013-05-03 08:32 PM
Hong Kong, May 3 (CNA) China has been mulling three directions for its Taiwan policy since Chinese President Xi Jinping took office earlier this year, including promoting political dialogue with Taiwan, Hong Kong's Ming Pao reported Friday. The Chinese-language daily newspaper said that the first of the three policy directions is to take advantage of the time that Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou is still in office to push for cross-strait political dialogue. Chen Deming, the new chairman of the mainland-based Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS), has said that "as cross-strait relations go ever deeper, the two sides eventually will need to look for solutions to our difficult political problems," the report said. This showed that the ARATS is prepared for cross-strait political communication and political dialogue, the report said.

Second, China is seeking contact with Taiwan's opposition Democratic Progressive Party to get the party to adjust its China policy and reduce its hostility toward China. Although China does not have high expectations for contacts with the DPP, it will continue to seek such opportunities and will also strive to systematize cross-strait agreements to prevent them from being affected by Taiwan's political arena, the report argued. Third, China has high regards for the role Kuomintang honorary chairman Lien Chan has played in promoting exchanges between the two sides, but he has retired from political life and his influence is on the wane. It has become very important to find a political figure in Taiwan to replace Lien, the report noted. The article also predicted that if everything goes as expected, no changes are likely in China's cross-strait policy until the second term of Xi and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. Jiang Zemin, former general secretary of the Communist Party of China, issued an eight-point proposal for the development of the cross-strait relations and the promotion of peaceful reunification in 1995, six years after he took office. His successor, Chinese President Hu Jintao, made a six-point proposal as the country's policy guideline for promoting the peaceful development of cross-strait relations in 2008, six years after he took office, the report said. While it may be a coincidence that Jiang and Hu made a proposal after being in office for six years, it showed that Chinese leaders usually continue their predecessors' policy toward Taiwan in their early years of power and issue their own Taiwan policy in their second term, the report said. (By Stanley Cheung and Y.L. Kao)

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