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Wang Yu-chi Visits Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum, Calls For Facing Up To Reality

Chairman of the Taiwan Mainland Affairs Council Wang Yu-chi visits Nanjing On Feb.12, he placed a wreath at Sun Yat-sen's Mausoleum. 2014-02-13 05:51 PM EST Last Updated: 2014-02-16 04:20 PM EST
Wang Yu-chi, Chairman of the Taiwan Mainland Affairs Council is currently on an official visit to Nanjing. On the morning of February 12, Wang Yu-chi placed a wreath and read a funeral oration at Sun Yat-sen's Mausoleum. The elegiac address said that, "the Republic of China (ROC) is established; the sky appears", "facing reality; with people's well-being in mind." In the afternoon, Wang Yu-chi made a speech at Nanjing University, tactfully explaining the concept of democracy. Some analysts suggest that the purpose of this official meeting between Beijing and Taiwan is ultimately to achieve the goal of "reunification with Taiwan".

On February 11, Wang Yu-chi, the Chairman of the Taiwan Mainland Affairs Council arrived in Nanjing. He is conducting the historical “Wang-Zhang meeting” with CCP Taiwan Affairs office Minister Zhang Zhijun. On the morning of February 12, Wang Yu-chi arrived for a visit at Sun Yat-sen's Mausoleum. At 10:10am, they entered the Festival Hall, bowed three times at Sun Yat-sen statue, and laid a wreath. Wang then read the funeral oration, which mentioned the Taiwanese authorities’ basic political stance. This included the “Three Principles, Five Powers Constitution.”

It is said that Wang Yu-chi deliberately chose 10:10 for the wreath laying ceremony. This was to signify ‘Double Ten’, the name for the National Day of the Republic of China.

Later, Wang Yu-chi stressed his salute to the Founding father in his speech at Bo Ai Square at Sun's Mausoleum. Wang Yu-chi said the “Three People's Principles” and “Five Powers Constitution” created by Sun Yat-sen have been in practice in Taiwan. He suggested the two governments should face realities and solve problems pragmatically.

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Taiwan Affairs office officials deliberately avoided Wang Yu-chi’s lecture. According to reports, when Wang Yu-chi mentioned, “it has been 103 years since Sun Yat-sen founded the ROC, the first democracy in Asia”, there was a mainland tourist who shouted “Good”. The tourist was immediately taken away by security.

Wu Fan, Chief Editor, US-based China Affairs magazine: “Although the current ROC has only small power, its greatest advantage is that it is a free and democratic republic. This illuminates China like a lighthouse. Each year, millions of mainland people visit Taiwan, and bring back a lot of ideas and information. The CCP is afraid of this influence to the mainland and is anxious to dispel it.”

Mainland media only mention that “people on both sides belong to China.” When reporting on Wang Yu-chi’s activities, it described how the 1992 consensus may have sought common ground and to reserve differences. State-controlled CCTV news broadcasted Wang’s appeal of facing the reality between the two sides. This report was omitted in lunchtimes news rebroadcasts.

Dong Liwen, Associate Professor, Taiwan Police University Public Safety Department: “In fact, the CCP is very strict with Wang Yu-chi’s visit. This is because they deleted Wang’s “facing reality” speech. So, it is not a good time for both parties to enter negotiation, because mutual trust between the two parties is very fragile. The Beijing authorities is not ready to accept the Republic of China; instead it seeks to unify it through eradication.”

Wu Fan: “To unify Taiwan and achieve long-term goals, the CCP regime must enter political negotiation with Taiwan. The CCP doesn’t recognise the Republic of China (ROC). This is because the ROC recognized Mao Zedong as a Maoist bandit, and as a rebel group. Mao Zedong stole the ROC's national title and drove Chiang Kai-shek into Taiwan but did not destroy him. The Taiwanese people are much better off now, so the CCP is very hesitant.”

In the afternoon, Wang Yu-chi made a speech at Nanjing University, to more than 200 students and teachers. He spoke about Taiwan's current democratic political system, and joked that it is very hard to be a government official in Taiwan. “It is quite hard to be a government official in Taiwan, with high levels of freedom of speech. There are reporters everywhere, and everything is reported by the media. In addition, lawmakers supervise Congress.”

Wang Yu-chi stressed that this is a core value of democracy.

Professor Dong Liwen: “It’s much worse and regressive to compare Wang Yu-chi's visit with the Koo Chen-fu and Wang Daohan meetings. In that year, Koo Chen-fu talked with the top leader face to face about the issue of democracy and freedom, and about Republic of China. On this occasion, Wang can only mildly talk about the Republic of China , democracy and freedom in front of the Sun's Mausoleum.”

In November 2014, Beijing will hold the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders Meeting. It has caused concern whether Ma and Xi will meet together. Professor Dong Liwen believes it’s not possible for the meeting of Ma and Xi to follow from the Wang-Zhang meeting. On one hand, the CCP wants to unify Taiwan by eliminating ROC. On the other hand, the Beijing authorities do not want to form two China’s, or "one China, one Taiwan".

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