TAIPEI, Taiwan – Taiwan’s president began his second term Sunday and signaled hewill maintain a China policy that has reduced tensions between thesides, offering Beijing little early hope of realizing itslong-term goal of unification. Speaking at a low-key inaugural ceremony in Taipei’s ornatepresidential office building, Ma Ying-jeou hewed to the sameformula for relations across the 160-kilometer-wide (100-mile-wide)Taiwan Strait he championed during his first term. “Our cross-strait policy must maintain the status quo of ‘nounification, no independence and no use of force,'” Ma said. He reaffirmed his support for the so-called 1992 Consensus, aninformal agreement reached by representatives of the sidesaccepting that there is only one China — and not one China,and one Taiwan, which is the stance of many in Taiwan’spro-independence opposition. But Ma enunciated his position in away apparently calculated to leave hard-liners in Beijingdisappointed. Engagement Ring and Wedding Ring Sets
“When we speak of one China, naturally it is the Republic ofChina,” he said. The Republic of China is the exiled government that Nationalisticon Chiang Kai-shek brought with him to Taiwan in 1949, when MaoZedong’s Communist forces prevailed in the Chinese civil war. Beijing sees it as a historical relic that lost its legitimacy whenMao proclaimed the establishment of the People’s Republic of China63 years ago. Since then, Chinese leaders have always insisted thatTaiwan must be brought under their control, by persuasion ifpossible, by force if necessary. Punk Rock Jewellery Manufacturer
Ma won re-election in January largely by assuring voters that hewould safeguard their hard-won democratic freedoms, whilesimultaneously moving forward with his signature policy of tyingTaiwan’s high-tech economy ever closer to China’s lucrativemarkets. That formula has helped to lower cross-strait tensions totheir lowest level in six decades. His remarks on Sunday — reaffirming his opposition tounification and his fealty to the Republic of China — make itclear that he still supports that path. Despite Ma’s relatively comfortable re-election victory — hewon by six percentage points — he begins his second termunder the shadow of deep-seated voter dissatisfaction with hisoverall performance. A particular focus is his economic policies,including a recent decision to raise utility rates. Silver Dangle Earrings Manufacturer
Tens of thousands of anti-Ma protesters gathered in downtown Taipeion Saturday to demonstrate against those policies. Wearing red andgreen armbands emblazoned with the Chinese character for “anger,”the demonstrators snaked their way through the streets of thecapital before gathering in front of the presidential officebuilding under a light drizzle.