DPP’s Director of Communication and Information Cheng Wen-tsang expresses that the Ma administration is irresponsible in its decision to make subordinates bear the responsibility of the Diaoyutai fishing boat accident. As for the SEF-ARATS talks, DPP’s Director of Foreign Affairs Lin Chen-wei understands that it was the KMT who privately communicated with the
Director Cheng states that the Ma administration has been evasive in disclosing its decision making process and failed to demonstrate any crisis management ability in order to resolve the Diaoyutai fishing boat incident. Ultimately, the Ma administration resorted to pushing all the blame and responsibility to a second-level staff of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Foreign affairs and national security are two of the core responsibilities of the Presidency. It is impossible that a second-level MOFA staff would have he authority to command the navy patrols, so the command must have been given by the President or the Premier. Director Cheng emphasizes that it was very inappropriate for Ma’s reaction. Unless President Ma was caught completely unaware of his responsibilities in foreign affairs and national security and failed to respond immediately during the collision, then it appears that Ma’s misstep is simply being pinned on a subordinate.
With regards to the negotiations between SEF and ARATS, Director Lin understands that the KMT had already been in private talks with the
Director Cheng states that cross-strait relations had been given the uttermost importance after the KMT came into power and the KMT has made efforts to not provoke
Director Cheng states that the KMT’s indecisive and ever-changing attitude is the reason behind the halt of the sales of arms from the
As for President Ma’s suggestion of Taiwan and China possibly emulating the “One Germany, Two Countries” concept, Director Lin states that while this does not exactly meet the DPP’s standards, it is an improvement from “One China, different interpretations” because East Germany and West Germany each acknowledged the other’s right to sovereignty and were both members of the United Nations at the same time. Director Lin hopes that President Ma can stand his ground with this ideology and not recant this statement in the near future.