Ma Ying-jeou Begs China Not to Put Him on the Spot

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Saturday May 24, by Jerome F. Keating Ph.D.

Ma Ying-jeou has already said he won't honor his 6-3-3 campaign promise, now as KMT Chairman Wu Poh-hsiung is preparing to lead a sixteen member delegation to China, Ma is worried. His request, ask the Chinese not to bring up the sovereignty question. Why? It is not just to keep the talks moving, Ma wants to keep the fudge factor that he depends upon so that he can speak out of both sides of his mouth. During his campaign for the presidency, Ma pledged that he would defend Taiwan's sovereignty to the end; so did Frank Hsieh. Now if a delegation from the DPP were going to China, there would be no question of where they stood on Taiwan's sovereignty. In Ma's case however, there is not. And he does want to be put on the spot of actually having to say to China that he and his party will defend Taiwan's sovereignty. Ma's solutiuon, please, don't bring the subjectt up, I don't want to be forced to make a real life decision and committment. If he had to actually choose, then he could no longer keep his Mr. Nice Guy image. Sound familiar.