Ma confuses ‘one China’ policy, ‘one China’ principle: DPP

Washington, Taiwan's ruling Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) representative office in the United States said on Tuesday that former President Ma Ying-jeou (???) mixed up the U.S.' "one China" policy with China's "one China" principle in a recent speech delivered at a Washington think tank.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, the office said that in a speech at the Brookings Institution, Ma misquoted U.S. President Donald Trump's telephone conversation with Taiwan's president on Dec. 2, 2016 in which Trump suggested the "one China" policy was up for negotiation by using the term "one China" principle.

Trump did not mention the "one China" principle, the office noted in the statement.

The "one China" principle was designed by China as a strategy to deal with Taiwan and is based on the idea that the "government of the PRC is the sole legitimate government of China and there is only one China and Taiwan is part of China."

Subsequently, in an interview with Fox News, Trump said he saw no reason why the U.S. should continuing to abide by the "one China" policy -- under which Washington does not recognize Taiwan as a sovereign state -- unless Beijing was prepared to enter into some kind of bargain, according to the statement.

Ma again misused the term while mentioning former U.S. President Barack Obama's response to Trump's comments on the issue at a White House press conference on Dec. 16, 2016. Obama said at that time it was fine for Trump to review Washington's "one China" policy toward Taiwan, but he cautioned that the Taiwan issue is of the utmost importance to China and how Beijing reacts to any potential change could be very significant, according to the DPP statement.

The U.S. position regarding sovereignty over Taiwan remains consistent with its "one China policy": both sides of the Taiwan Strait should mutually and peacefully agree to a resolution of this as yet unsettled issue, it said.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel