Tsai suffers low rating on 1st anniversary

By Shan Jie Source:Global Times Published: 2017/5/19 21:43:39

Ambiguous attitude toward 1992 Consensus to create more difficulties

Tsai Ing-wen's first anniversary on Saturday as Taiwan's leader was marked with a low rating in polls, which experts believe indicates that Tsai will face more difficulties in the future if she continues to refuse to recognize the 1992 Consensus which embodies the one-China principle.

More than 300 police officers in Taipei will guard around the building of the "office of the president" on Saturday in case there are protests, local media CNA news agency reported on Friday.

According to the latest poll, Tsai's approval rating declined to 30 percent from 52 percent on May 20, 2016 and 42 percent on her 100-day anniversary as Taiwan leader. Half of the Taiwan public is dissatisfied with Tsai at present, compared to 10 percent a year ago, Taiwan media reported on Wednesday.

Fifty-three percent of the public said they lack confidence in Tsai to lead the island in the future.

Meanwhile, Baijing-based haiwainet.cn reported on Thursday that Tsai will not give an "anniversary speech" on Saturday as her predecessors Ma Ying-jeou and Chen Shui-bian did.

"She has no achievements to show. On the contrary, if she gives a speech, she will receive more criticism," Xiu Chunping, a professor of Taiwan studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, told the Global Times on Friday.

 "The real economic condition can be felt by the people. The poll results showed that Taiwan people did not feel any development," Xiu said.

Moreover, Tsai has been creating a split and upheaval, not only inside the Taiwan society, but also across the Strait, Xiu noted.

Tsai has refused to recognize the 1992 Consensus since taking office, which has led to the suspension of cross-Straits communication mechanisms.

Chen Deming, president of the Beijing-based Association for Relations across the Taiwan Straits, used the word "nothing" to reply to the question "if the Chinese mainland still has any expectation from Tsai's government," on Wednesday, according to Singapore-based Lianhe Zaobao newspaper.

"Tsai's cross-Straits policy has poured cold water on the development of relations between the Chinese mainland and Taiwan and led to a shrinking of Taiwan's activities in the international society," Xiu said.

Probably, Tsai would not change her stance in the cross-Straits relations and, therefore, the social development in Taiwan will lack the support and help from the mainland, and Tsai will face more and more difficulties, Xiu noted.


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