Recently the NHK News reported the following:
President Ma Yinjiu who was aiming at the re-election in the Taiwan presidential election in January next year said that "He will take into consideration in the coming ten years to negotiate for the conclusion of a peace agreement for both sides of the Taiwan strait ", it was a posture which could be taken as showing positive direction towards a peace agreement with China, and attracted attention regarding its influence on the election campaign.
The declaration was make on the 17th at the press conference as President Ma Yingjiu announced the direction of his next ten-years' policy vision. In it, President Ma, regarding the policy towards China, said that "Although priority is given to economy over politics, it is not necessary that a future political dialogue would be eliminated, and naturally a peace agreement is also included". It was further said that "on the relationship between the two sides of the Taiwan strait, orderly steps would be taken to move it forward gradually; and in the coming 10 years consideration would be taken carefully on whether to carry out negotiation to conclude a peace agreement", taking a posture which could be regarded as having positive effects towards a peace agreement with China.
Although it was emphasized that President Ma needed three conditions, such as that the strong and lasting support from the residents, and receiving the supervision of the legislative organization which was the equivalent of the Parliament in order to enter negotiations. On the other hand, it was stated that "If it is not put in the 10-year vision, it will look like that I will not do it within 10 years, I feel it is not right". In the presidential election in January next year, it was expected that how to keep a distance with China could become the greatest point at issue. How President Ma's remark would influence the electoral campaign would attract attention.
As always, Taiwan's relationship with China has been a hot topic in the presidential election in Taiwan.