Restart cross-strait dialogue”! Zhu Lilun officially took office, and Tsai Ing-wen asked for help in less than 24 hours
According to Taiwan’s “Dongsen News Cloud” report, the Chinese Kuomintang held its Central Standing Committee at 10 am on the 5th, during which the handover of the old and new chairman was completed, and Zhu Lilun formally took office. In the handover ceremony, the previous party chairmen Wu Boxiong, Ma Ying-jeou, Hong Xiuzhu, Wu Dunyi and Jiang Qichen all attended the ceremony and congratulated. Zhu Lilun officially took office after taking over the party chairman’s letter from Jiang Qichen.
During this period, Zhu Lilun also held hands with the previous party chairman and shouted “KMT Come on” to show the spirit of unity. In his speech, Zhu Lilun stated that the cross-strait relationship that “connects the cross-strait and the world” should be the party constitution and party platform, and the cross-strait exchange platform should be restarted. “The only way to create a more peaceful environment on both sides of the strait is the most beneficial to the people of Taiwan.”
The day after Zhu Lilun won the election, Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, called Zhu Lilun to congratulate him on his election as the chairman of the Chinese Kuomintang. He pointed out that the two sides of the strait should have positive interactions on the political basis of opposing “Taiwan independence” and look forward to the future. The two parties can uphold national justice and maintain peace across the Taiwan Strait and national unity. After Zhu Lilun called back, some media pointed out that the mainland has any plans for the next step of exchanges between the Kuomintang and the Communist Party? Will the new chairman of the Chinese Kuomintang be invited to visit, or a high-level meeting between the Kuomintang and the Communist Party?
Regarding this, Zhu Fenglian stated that the two sides should adhere to the “1992 Consensus” and oppose “Taiwan Independence” on a common political basis to enhance mutual trust, strengthen exchanges and cooperation, promote the development of cross-strait relations, and reach a positive consensus for the benefit of compatriots on both sides of the strait.
At the press conference, Zhu Fenglian expressed appreciation for the positive statements made by several candidates in the election of the chairman of the Chinese Kuomintang for adhering to the “92 Consensus”, opposing “Taiwan independence”, developing relations between the two parties and cross-strait relations. She said that the situation across the Taiwan Strait is complex and severe, and all Chinese people must work together and move forward in unity. “I hope that the Chinese Kuomintang will join us in adhering to a common political foundation, upholding national justice, and working hard to work for the well-being of our compatriots, seek peace in the Taiwan Strait, seek reunification for the country, and seek rejuvenation for the nation.”
For Zhu Lilun and the mainland to reach a positive consensus, the DPP attacked the Kuomintang and criticized Zhu Lilun for “not grasping mainstream public opinion, but merely catering to the mainland’s views.”
On October 5, the official website of the US “Foreign Affairs” published an article by Taiwanese leader Tsai Ing-wen. In the article, Tsai Ing-wen mentioned that since 2020, the PLA’s military aircraft and ships have significantly increased their activities in the Taiwan Strait, and have entered the so-called “air defense identification zone” in southern Taiwan almost every day.
In this regard, she claimed that “will not succumb to pressure, nor turn to risks” and will “self-defense” at all costs. But at the same time, she did not forget to “seeking help” from the international community on the grounds that “countries should understand the value of cooperation with Taiwan.” Tsai Ing-wen also advertised the Taiwan region as a member of the so-called “liberal democratic order,” and repeatedly mentioned in the article that if Taiwan “falls”, it will be a disaster for regional peace and the so-called “democratic alliance system.”
But in the face of the sudden explosion of “cross-strait dialogue”, Tsai Ing-wen’s approval rate has been declining. According to a report by Taiwan’s “Formula Island Electronic News” on October 2, the latest poll in September showed that the public’s trust in Tsai Ing-wen fell to 47.8%, a decrease of 7.3 percentage points from the previous month; distrust was 46.8%. This is an increase of 5.5 percentage points from the previous month.