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Update 40, December 2012



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Mainland official determined on national reunification

A Chinese mainland official on Tuesday October 23 expressed the determination to solve the Taiwan issue and to realize the national reunification.

Wang Yi, head of the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, made the comment in an interview with Xinhua on Tuesday. Wang said solving the Taiwan issue and realizing the reunification of the two sides of the Taiwan Strait is a major historic mission of the Communist Party of China (CPC). The CPC has made unremitting efforts and made positive and important progress in this regard over the past six decades and more.

The mainland's principles and policies towards Taiwan, which have been tested through practice, have become more and more accordant with the fact of the island and demands of its people. "These principles and policies have gained more understanding and recognition from Taiwan society, and all these will promote the two sides to march forward from exchanges to harmony, and from harmony to reunification," said Wang, who is also the director of the Taiwan Work Office of the Communist Party of China Central Committee.

Wang regarded the past four years, 2008 to 2012, as the most fruitful period for the development of cross-Strait relations.

The mainland and Taiwan restored regular talks in June 2008, when Chen Yunlin, president of the mainland-based Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS), met with Chiang Pin-kung, then chairman of the Taiwan-based Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF), for the first time after nine years of negotiation lull. (Xinhua, Oct 23, 2012).

Taiwan's Ma says might invite Chinese leaders to visit

Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou said he might consider inviting Chinese leaders to visit the island but the timing is not right now despite warming ties.

"From a long-term perspective we probably can't rule out the possibility but at present the timing is not mature," Ma was quoted in a statement issued by his office late Thursday November 8.

Ma made the comments in an interview with the Hong Kong-based weekly Yazhou Zhoukan on Thursday when China's ruling Communist Party's five-yearly congress was in session. (AFP, Nov 8, 2012).

Hu to thank for stronger cross-strait ties

One of President Hu Jintao's greatest achievements during his decade in power has been the creation of a much stronger cross-strait relationship, one that is likely to last even after he gives up his last official post in March.

Attempts by Hu to move cross-strait relations onto a peaceful track were not without opposition on the mainland. One such sign was in a major address he gave in 2008 to mark the 30th anniversary of the "Message to Taiwan Compatriots" issued in 1979. That address, while underlining "firm adherence to the 'one China' policy", was silent on the "1992 consensus" - a term that straddles differences between Taiwan and the mainland on the meaning of "one China".

Hu voiced hope that the two sides will jointly explore cross-strait political relations. Such exploration, he said, would be conducted "under the special condition that the country is yet to be reunified". The mainland, it appears, is prepared to accept a prolonged situation when "the country is yet to be reunified".

Meanwhile, Hu said, "we should expand cultural exchanges to enhance a common sense of national identity, and further people-to-people contacts to cultivate mutual goodwill". So Beijing's next step is likely to focus on cultural exchanges. (Frank Ching, South China Morning Post, Dec 6, 2012).

Taiwan's ties with China a problem, meeting hears

Taiwan's economic "over-dependency" on China was not in the nation's best strategic interests, a Washington conference was told on Thursday December 13. It may be used in the future to hurt Taiwan in very profound ways," US-Taiwan Business Council president Rupert Hammond-Chambers said.

He was addressing the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars conference on "Staying Ahead of the Economic Curve: Taiwan and its Rivals in East Asia."

Taiwan is caught between a rock and a hard place," Hammond-Chambers said. "Many would agree that the Chinese do not have the same intention for their relationship with Taiwan that Taiwan has for its relationship with China."

The Taiwanese, he said, "can't help themselves."

Hammond-Chambers said Taiwan's economy remained in "deep distress."

There was unwillingness, he said, to push for needed domestic reform and when President Ma Ying-jeou did try to tackle the problem, "domestic political forces absolutely hammered him."

Hammond-Chambers said that 20 or 30 years ago, Taiwan could argue it was competing well with South Korea. "Now, that is just not the case," he said

He said there was "some angst" about what the future held for Taiwan, but that it was essential that the nation continued "the long slog" toward developing its own global brands. (William Lowther, Taipei Times, Dec 15, 2012).

Two Movies by Abraham Chen

Two short movies by Abraham Chen and his wife. "One Night Rich Guy" and "Autumn Aria". "One Night Rich Guy" tells a story of a porcelain doggy bank. The doggy bank arrives in a girl's toy room. When the girl comes to the room and deposits gold coins into the dog's back slot, all the toys suddenly change their behavior Filled with greed, the toys placed the porcelain dog into the throne as the new king. After a night of celebrating, the girl returns to retrieve all the coins from the porcelain dog. Seeing this, the toys despises him. Only a hedgehog comforts him: "I wasn't your friend for money." Real friendship is priceless.

The other movie, "Autumn Aria," describes the Autumn season from beauty turn to leaves fall and then turn to Winter. Fortunately, it will be returned back next year, all return to be Green again.

The two movies will be presented at the One China Committee's next meeting.