當地的英文報Honolulu Advertiser 也報導了一下馬總統的
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A. Dear Alan:
Here are some more pictures of the lunch itself taken by Philip Wang himself. Below, is a note I sent to Phil Wang about the Chinese news release. For your information, I did arrange for Mr.Karl Kao to have an exclusive interview with Charles Morrison and me right after the lunch. But Mr. Kao said he was too busy with the Chinese Association Banquet that evening. Anyway, we did our best to provide Ma with a platform to speak to the audience in the Asia-Pacific region and the U.S.. PP (PP是該中心理事主席與筆者通信時的自稱)
B.Lets work together to correct all these "mistakes." I never received an invitation to join the Chinese reception party for President Ma.
As usual, the Chinese groups are more concerned about who get to gain "face" individually instead of keeping the bigger picture of the greater good of Taiwan. Lets talk. PP(寄件日期： 2009/7/7(星期二) 上午6:25:07)
On Mon, Jul 6, 2009 at 9:08 PM, P Sananikone < wrote:
Dear Philip: Herewith our EWC new release for our lunch with President Ma. I thought our media staff did a much better job framing the news than the earlier Chines media release I saw online, which mistakenly characterized the EWC as part of the UH (which is only a neighbor and one of the 600+ partner institutions we have around the world). Can you get one of the Chinese media here in Hawaii or Taiwan to "repackage" and run the EWC news release with right description of EWC. Otherwise, it may give the impression that your president only saw UH departmental heads. The EWC is a national, international institution with our own 21 acre campus and facilities. We are far better known and trusted than the UH across the world. PP
Date: Monday, July 6, 2009, 11:55 AM
Taiwan President: We Want to be ‘Peacemaker’ in Region
HONOLULU (July 6) -- Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou said on Sunday that his administration wants to be a “peacemaker” in Northeast Asia and has proposed a “diplomatic truce” with mainland China when it comes to seeking formal relations with other nations.
Present Ma addressd at EWC
Speaking at a private luncheon at the East-West Center in Honolulu during a one-day stopover while in transit back to Taiwan after a visit to Central America, President Ma said his policies of pursuing better ties with mainland China are in the best interest of everyone, including the United States.
Dressed Hawai‘i-style in a black aloha shirt with a blue and green floral pattern, Ma said he has made it clear since the day of his inauguration “that I will maintain status quo in Taiwan Strait and adopt a policy of ‘no unification, no independence and no use of force.’”
“ Taiwan wants to be a peacemaker in this part of the world, and to shed the once troublemaker image in the international community,” Ma said. “The United States can rest assured that our efforts to improve relations with the mainland will make security relations much easier than they were before … and so far I think we have proof that the new-found rapprochement with the mainland actually benefits our relations with United States, and this is a ‘win-win,’ or even a ‘win-win-win,’ situation for us.”
Ma pointed out that there used to be two main “flashpoints” in Northeast Asia: the Taiwan Strait and the Korean Peninsula . “Now if you compare the two places these days, you’ll see a big difference,” he said. “And this is exactly why countries like Japan and the U.S. are generally very supportive of our change.”
In March 2008, Ma was elected president with a solid majority after running on a platform of warmer relations with China , a stark contrast to the pro-independence policies of his predecessor, Chen Shui-bian. The mainland People’s Republic of China considers Taiwan , which split politically from the PRC at the end of Chinese Civil War in 1949, to be a breakaway province that must be eventually be reunited with the mainland.
President Ma exchanges gifts
with East-West Center President
Charles E. Morrison
Ma, who holds a doctorate in law from Harvard and speaks fluent English, said that his first step was to seek a return to a 1992 consensus under which “both sides agreed that there is one China , but each is side is entitled have different interpretations. It’s a very important agreement to make improvement of relations possible.”
Ma said the return to this consensus has already paid off with the signing of nine separate agreements with the mainland, covering such issues as direct flights between Shanghai and Taipei , food safety, financial regulations and judicial issues. “This is something that many people could never have dreamed of a year ago,” he said. “And the reason is that we understand very well that only by easing the tension across the Taiwan Strait could Taiwan be developed further into a land of peace and prosperity.”
Ma said that warmer ties with mainland China have also helped Taiwan ’s international relations. He cited such examples as Taiwan being allowed to send its highest-ranking official ever, former Vice President Lien Chan, to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders’ summit in Peru last fall, where he was able to meet with mainland China President Hu Jintao; Taiwan’s recent inclusion in a World Trade Organization government procurement agreement; and its invitation to attend the World Health Organization’s assembly in May with observer status, which Ma called ‘unprecedented … ever since we lost our representation in the United Nations in 1971.”
Addressing opposition criticism that his policies threaten Taiwan ’s autonomy, Ma said that none of the agreements with China contains “a single provision which derogates our (autonomy) … or the dignity of Taiwan ’s people.”
Ma said his administration is seeking to improve Taiwan ’s relations with other countries with which it does not have formal diplomatic ties, such as Japan , the United States and the European Union.
“Interestingly enough,” Ma said, “when we improve relations with the mainland, these countries also find it much easier to improve relations with us without antagonizing Beijing , because they say, “if Beijing is ready to improve relations with Taiwan , why couldn’t we?”
Taiwan and mainland China have long competed for the formal recognition of other nations, but Ma said that he called for a “diplomatic truce” in this area. “We have unilaterally announced that we will not engage in efforts to win over the diplomatic allies of mainland China, and we also hope that they won’t do things like that to us,” he said. “We do that because we believe that (competing for) diplomatic contacts has wasted a lot of resources, and we should stop this vicious circle and normalize our international relations.”
President Ma and EWC officials with a stone lion
donated to the Center by the Republic of China in 1971.
Asked if he would ever consider meeting directly with mainland Chinese President Hu Jintao, Ma said he would not exclude that possibility, but that it is not his main priority at this time.
“Meeting with Chinese leaders may be very desirable, and in some cases very important,” he said, “but I would rather respond at later stage, after we establish more of the infrastructure of relations. The goal is to build normal relations without hostility which are long-lasting, and I feel that leaders on the other side are interested in that as well.”
During his stopover in Honolulu, Ma also met informally with Hawai‘i Governor Linda Lingle and members of the local Chinese community, and he paid a visit to a statue of Republic of China founder Sun Yat-sen, who attended school in Hawai‘i as a youth.
“We in Taiwan feel especially close to Hawai‘i,” Ma said at the luncheon with East-West Center scholars and officials, “since it was the childhood home of both your President Obama and the founder of our Republic of China.”
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Taiwan leader draws protest!!!!!
- Photo gallery: Taiwan's President pays a visit
As Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou's made his departure from Hawai'i yesterday, three dozen peaceful protesters lined Kahala Avenue voicing their opposition to his governance.
They held signs in Chinese and English protesting a possible reunification with the People's Republic of China. They urged the release of former President Chen Shui-bian, who was imprisoned on alleged bribery and embezzlement charges.
The Taiwanese president and his wife arrived in Honolulu on Saturday for an overnight stopover on his way home from Central America. During his time here, he met with Gov. Linda Lingle over breakfast, visited Pearl Harbor, lunched at the East-West Center and placed a lei on the statue of Chinese revolutionary Sun Yat-sen in downtown Honolulu. He also visited Hanauma Bay.
Prior to his departure last night, he attended a reception in his honor at the Kahala Hotel & Resort. Ma, elected in May, left the resort about 6:30 p.m. yesterday and headed for the Honolulu International Airport to return to Taiwan.
The 36 protesters had hoped to make an impact with their signs and voices as Ma's motorcade roared past along Kahala Avenue.
"Our message is pretty clear," said Yu-Chong Ling, a University of Hawai'i professor. "One China, one Taiwan. If Taiwan becomes part of China, it will be bad for the United States, bad for Korea and bad for Japan."
The protesters said there has been speculation that Ma was moving toward Beijing's goal of reunification, 60 years after Taiwan split from the mainland. Beijing has stated that the future of the island of Taiwan is to reunify with China, by force if necessary. Most Taiwan residents, Ling said, want to maintain the status quo with China, preferring to maintain their independence.
Celia Huang, a Wai'alae Nui resident, held a handmade cardboard sign with her daughters, son and husband in tow. They had protested on Saturday too, objecting to the imprisonment of Chen.
"Even though we live in the United States, it is important to us to fight for Taiwan independence," said Huang, a U.S. citizen. "We still have a lot of relatives in Taiwan. So we feel we must support them."
The protesters said their demonstration, a right of American citizens, was about supporting their friends and family in Taiwan who favor democracy.
"We cannot demonstrate in Taiwan, but we can in the United States," said Dr. Chao Chen, president of the Hawai'i chapter of the Formosan Association for Public Affairs, which organized the protest. "If we do something like this in Taiwan, we will be beaten with sticks by police."
The protesters did not get to meet with Ma, but maintained a vigil at each of his announced stops at the Chinese Cultural Plaza, East-West Center and Kahala Hotel, Chen said.
Ma is on his way back to Taiwan after a visit to Panama, where he attended the swearing-in ceremony of newly elected President Ricardo Martinelli. He also visited Honduras and Nicaragua.
Ruby Tsai, on vacation from Taiwan with her husband and two children, attended the Kahala protest after she heard the president was scheduling a stopover in Honolulu.
"In Taiwan we have no chance to explain or voice our thoughts," Tsai said. "We say no to Ma. We don't want him to be our president any more."
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