Apparently bored with the levels of tension currently rippling through the South China Sea, Taiwan’s president Ma Ying-jeou has issued a lovely little reminder that ‘cross straight relations [are] not international relations,’ because ‘mainland China is still our territory.’ How sweet of him to say.
The comments were originally posted to Taihai Net, and translated by ChinaSmack:
Ma Ying-jeou stressed on the 17th that according to the “Republic of China constitution”, “mainland China is still our territory, therefore the relationship with the mainland cannot possibly be international relations, but rather a special relationship.”
[…] Ma expressed that it was already established 20 years ago that cross-strait flights are “not international flights, nor domestic flights, but a special flight route,” enabling both sides to use this foundation to quickly promote/improve relations, and for people on both sides to obtain benefits they did not have before.
Ma has already been getting a lot of flack in Taiwan for his comments, which seemed to be out of character and/or wildly mischievous. The Taipei Times reports:
Ma also drew fire […] when he said the cross-strait relations were not international relations.
The Ma administration’s handling of diplomatic affairs has failed to maximize Taiwan’s gain and minimize potential damages, Nan Fang Shou said, adding that Ma assumed his deceit would win him an opportunity to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping at next year’s APEC summit in Beijing.
Asked if Ma’s recent comments underlined the necessity for a constitutional amendment, Nan Fang Shuo said that the true problem did not lie in the Constitution, but in the way Ma and the KMT distorted the Constitution.
“If someone could distort the Constitution like that, amending the Constitution would not be meaningful,” he said.
If these comments are just an attempt to “win an opportunity” to meet with Xi Jinping next year, Ma will have to weather many a shit-storm before getting that face-to-face encounter.