by Sophia Yang
Maintaining the status quo in cross-Taiwan Strait relations has become a consensus in Taiwan, President Ma Ying-jeou said in a keynote speech during the annual National Day ceremony in Taipei.
President Ma added that the consensus proves once again that his administration’s policy on China over the past seven years is aligned with mainstream public opinion, urging the next national leader to honor this consensus.
Ma highlighted the five principles that have helped sustain peace and stability in cross-strait relations over the past seven years, including the ensurance that the status quo of “no unification, no independence, and no use of force” is honored under the framework of the Republic of China Constitution; to develop the cross-strait relations under the framework of “the 1992 consensus, One China, Each His Own Interpretation;” to put the country first for the benefit of the people in Taiwan’s interaction with the mainland; to ensure that the principles of “addressing urgent matters before non-urgent matters, easy issues before difficult issues, and economic matters before political matters” is honored in bilateral negotiations.
The speech is Ma’s last National Day speech before he steps down after two four-year terms in May 2016.