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TAIPEI-BEIJING, TAIPEI-WASHINGTON TIES UNCHANGED AFTER ELECTIONS: MAC

2004-12-12 19:42:40

    Taipei, Dec. 12 (CNA) The results of Saturday's legislative elections show that Taiwan is a pluralistic and democratic society and they will not affect Taipei-Beijing or Taipei-Washington ties, a government official said Sunday.

    Chiu Tai-san, vice chairman of the Cabinet-level Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) , made the remarks while giving a speech at a seminar sponsored by the Institute of International Relations at National Chengchi University following the legislative elections.

    The "pan-blue alliance" of the Kuomintang (KMT), the People First Party (PFP) and the New Party managed to retain a majority by winning 114 seats in the 225-member legislature, outperforming the "pan-green camp" of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party and the Taiwan Solidarity Union who garnered 101 seats.

    Chiu said that he believes that a "pan-blue alliance" majority in the legislature will help the U.S. maintain its basic stance toward Taiwan under the framework of the Taiwan Relations Act. Under these circumstances, Taipei-Washington ties will not be much affected, he pointed out.

    On the other hand, there will be no drastic changes in relations across the Taiwan Strait, as the president has repeatedly pledged to follow his "four noes plus one" policy, he said, adding that trade and economic activities between the two sides will also continue to expand.

    Chiu told another seminar held earlier the same day that the executive branch was already prepared to face the new legislature controlled again by the opposition and said that its impact on Taipei-Beijing links are hard to predict in the short term.

    He contended that the administration must step up its lobbying at the Legislative Yuan to ensure political stability at home and called for the opposition camp and Beijing to jointly cooperate in making peace across the strait, such as reopening cross-strait negotiations as soon as possible.

    Speaking on the same occasion, Chang Jung-kung, a spokesman for the KMT, said that cross-strait tensions have been temporarily soothed, but added that the current deadlock will remain.

    As the "pan-blue alliance" is expected to play a "firewall" role in the new legislature, Chang said that Beijing is very likely to put aside its strong offensive to counter Taiwan independence. But he said that the existing political impasse between the two sides will remain in place since no solutions have been found to the "one China" issue and the DPP's de-sinicization moves.

    Hsu Shu-feng, the head of the DPP's Mainland Affairs Department, said that Beijing may be reluctant to rekindle close exchanges with Taiwan in the short term. But she said that the DPP will continue to handle cross-strait issues pragmatically and wait patiently for a positive response from Beijing.

    Wu Jui-kuo, a former PFP official in charge of international affairs, urged the ruling and opposition camps to drop their political feuding and consolidate their stances on priority issues, such as keeping the peace across the strait and mending Taiwan-U.S. relations.

    He urged both camps to look to the fact that foreign influences are playing an increasingly bigger role in cross-strait affairs.

(By Flor Wang)

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