Singapore PM: Taiwan to be isolated when in direct conflict with Mainland China

Source: China Military OnlineEditor: Zhang Tao
2016-04-14 16:42

BEIJING, April 14 (ChinaMil) -- Although Taiwan’s new government has different opinions on the "1992 Consensus", he believed that Taiwan people understand very well that Taiwan will be isolated once it has direct conflict with Mainland China, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said when receiving a U.S. media interview during his working visit to the U.S. at the end of March 2016.

Lee Hsien Loong posted an article on his Facebook account on April 13 to reveal a piece of news about accepting an exclusive interview from the Wall Street Journal during his visit to the U.S. in March.

As the prime minister of the host country for the historical meeting between Xi Jinping, president of China, and Ma Ying-Jeou, current leader of Taiwan, in November of 2015, Lee Hsien Loong’s opinions on the future development of the political situations across the Taiwan Strait also attracted media’s attention.

Lee Hsien Loong said in the interview that the government of the Kuomintang (KMT) led by Ma Ying-Jeou, during its two-term administration in Taiwan, has achieved breakthroughs in the relations across the Taiwan Strait.

“We hope the progresses achieved between Mainland China and Taiwan can be sustainable and even go further ahead, but Taiwan will be ruled by the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) soon,” Lee Hsien Loong continued.

The current progresses have been achieved by employing a “constructive ambiguous space” after the “1992 Consensus”, but now, ambiguous points appear in the ambiguous space, leading to the doubts on the whole interpretations of the relations across the Taiwan Strait, Lee Hsien Loong noted.

Lee Hsien Loong also analyzed from another perspective that the public polls in Taiwan in the past several years revealed that Taiwan people have an increasingly strong sense of identity recognition which has become very apparent in the past four or five years, and the similar situation also appears in Hong Kong. This will limit policy space of the leader of Taiwan towards Mainland China, he predicted.

Thus, he believed that Taiwan people also understand very well that Taiwan will be isolated once it has direct conflict with Mainland China.

It's known to all that Taiwan has an expectation for the U.S. intervention into the affairs across the Taiwan Strait. Then, whether or not Taiwan can obtain assistance from the U.S. in case of conflicts across the Taiwan Strait?

Lee Hsien Loong held that the U.S. has been adopting a clear attitude that the U.S. does not support Taiwan’s independence from China. At least, it is the very clear stance of the U.S. governments in the previous several terms, Lee Hsien Loong added.

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