Tsai’s speech criticized as 'boastful and lacking in sincerity'

By Qu Qiuyan Source:Global Times Published: 2017/10/10 23:38:40

Continues to ignore 1992 Consensus, one-China principle

Taiwan leader Tsai Ing-wen's  speech on Tuesday was "boastful and lacking in sincerity," Chinese mainland experts said, urging her "to take more pragmatic actions to repair cross-Straits relations that was strained after she took office in May last year."

Tsai listed the island's achievements under her leadership, in economic and industrial structure, education, military forces, among others, Taiwan-based news site chinatimes.com reported.

Relations between the mainland and the island experienced a transition from hostility to peaceful development during the past 30 years, Tsai said, adding that the key is for the two sides to shelve disputes, stay practical and realistic and keep accumulating kindness, chinatimes.com reported.

However, experts said that Tsai's speech was full of hollow boasts about her "political achievements," and lacks sincerity and creativity.

Zhang Wensheng, a professor at the Taiwan Research Institute of Xiamen University, said Tsai's speech is a "play on words" and does not show any kindness.

"Tsai's speech mostly trumpeted her accomplishments, but the Taiwan people may not feel the same way as Taiwan is quite divided," said Zhang.

A survey released last month showed that young people in Taiwan are more pessimistic over the future of the economy than those in other regions, the Xinhua News Agency reported.

Only 8.6 percent of the 1,024 young Taiwanese surveyed were upbeat about the economic outlook for the next five years, much lower than their peers in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore, according to a joint survey by organizations in the four places.

"Her actions since assuming office have nothing to do with 'shelving disputes,' but deliberately inciting disputes," Zhang told the Global Times.

The Chinese mainland and Taiwan have been seeking common ground while putting aside differences, but Tsai's moves go against it and have damaged the basis for the two sides belonging to one country, Zhang explained.

It is important to acknowledge that both the Chinese mainland and Taiwan belong to one country, Ma Xiaoguang, spokesperson of the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, said on Tuesday, the Xinhua News Agency reported. 

"It is of no use if Tsai's words speak louder than her actions, and her speech is a rehash of previous statements," Zhu Songling, a professor at the Institute of Taiwan Studies of Beijing Union University, told the Global Times on Tuesday.

Zhu added that Tsai's speech showed no intention of reversing her refusal to affirm the 1992 Consensus and the one-China principle.

Ma added that only by sticking to the one-China principle and opposing "Taiwan independence" can cross-Straits relations peacefully develop.

Newspaper headline: Tsai’s ‘boastful’ speech criticized

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