Former Chinese Nationalist Party (Kuomintang, KMT) chairman Wu Poh-hsiung (吳伯雄) flied to Beijing last Wednesday for a three-day trip that included a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平). This was the first summit between leaders of the KMT and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) since Xi took office earlier this year.

Former Chinese Nationalist Party (Kuomintang, KMT) chairman Wu Poh-hsiung (吳伯雄) flied to Beijing last Wednesday for a three-day trip that included a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平). This was the first summit between leaders of the KMT and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) since Xi took office earlier this year.

After the summit, Wu said that Xi understands Taiwan, and he is patient. Yet, Xi is totally uncompromising in his stance against Taiwan independence. Wu also said in Beijing that the Taiwan-China relation is between the “two sides,” not between “two nations.”

Wu, as an honorary chairman of Taiwan’s ruling party, obviously was not a proper role to comment on the cross-strait relations, especially trying to indicate that Taiwan is not an independent country. In fact, he made himself sound like he was betraying Taiwan.

Relations between China and Taiwan across the Straits have been improved since the inauguration of the Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) administration in May 2008. And the Ma administration immediately admit “1992 Consensus” which was formed through negotiations in Hong Kong in 1992 between the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait (on the part of China) and the Straits Exchange Foundation (on the part of Taiwan). The Consensus says that “there is one China, with each side having its own interpretation of what that means.”

However, the 1992 Consensus is not widely accepted among Taiwanese. According to a survey conducted by one of the most popular online forum PTT Bulletin Board System on March, more than 87 percent of people on the forum agree that “Taiwanese are not Chinese.” This data indicates that Taiwanese cannot accept “One-China principle” that is supported by the current Taiwanese government.

It is hard to believe that the Ma administration does not know the public opinions on the cross-strait issues among the Taiwanese. Yet, the government is still going their own way. This is not a good sign for the Taiwanese. If the government insists their position without caring about people’s thought, I believe there will be an uprising in Taiwan in the near future.


Phoebe Fan graduated from the University of Washington with a Master’s degree in Cultural Studies. She is interested in any cultural issues from ancient Chinese literature to contemporary Western fashion.

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