The workplace of the previous Taiwanese president Ma Ying-jeou mentioned on Sunday that he has made a plan to go to the mainland of China this month.
This go to could be an unprecedented journey and a landmark occasion as no former or present chief of Taiwan has visited the mainland in over 70 years. Ever for the reason that defeated Republic of China escaped to the island of what we now know as Taiwan in 1949.
Ma Ying-jeou served because the president of Taiwan (Republic of China on the time) from 2008 to 2016. He’s a former chairman and present senior member of the Kuomintang.
The KMT is a centre-right to right-wing social gathering within the Republic of China and is the present largest opposition social gathering. The KMT social gathering is part of the marketing campaign to have friendlier ties with China. Its official stance nonetheless is towards reunification with the mainland and doesn’t contemplate itself pro-China.
The go to by the previous president is happening at a time the place rising tensions have continued within the area.
China has showcased intentions to annex the island nation of Taiwan and subsume it into the Folks’s Republic of China as a province. The Chinese language authorities already claims that Taiwan is part of its sovereign territory, whereas the Taiwanese ruling authorities states that they’re a sovereign state and never part of the Folks’s Republic of China.
China goals to attain this by way of diplomatic and army stress as prior to now months China has elevated its army presence within the space. This presence included surrounding the principle island with a number of days of live-fire army drills final yr as a response to the US’s former speaker Nancy Pelosi doing a shock go to to Taiwan.
KMT’s deputy chairman Andrew Hsia made a controversial go to to Beijing final month for which he was termed to be ‘courting the communists’.The elections in Taiwan are additionally due simply subsequent yr.
The rising tensions within the area together with the latest developments make this deliberate go to fairly controversial and unprecedented.
Ma Ying-jeou’s go to will occur across the time at which the present president of Taiwan Tsai Ing-wen is scheduled to go to the US. Tsai is a member of the Democratic Progressive Get together, which is the principle opposition for the KMT. She is predicted to satisfy the present US speaker of home Kevin Mcarthy in her go to.
Tsai’s go to will certainly upset Beijing because it opposes any and all legitimacy Taiwan can attain in direction of its territorial sovereignty.
Hsiao Hsu Tsen, the director of the Ma Ying-jeou basis mentioned in a press convention in Taipei, that as part of the go to Ma will probably be going to Nanjing, Wuhan and Changsha. He particularly acknowledged that Ma won’t be going to China’s capital, Beijing. This go to has additionally been confirmed by the Chinese language Taiwan affairs workplace.
Hsiao additionally talked about that Ma will probably be bringing alongside Taiwanese college students to go to Chinese language universities just like the Shanghai Fudan College to help and deepen the understanding of scholars of each the states.