A balancing act to “maintain the status quo”
A female Taiwan television news commentator used the term “a balancing act” to describe a visit on February 3, 2016, by Taipei AIT director Kin W. Moy to the Legislative Yuan to chat with the new speaker Su Chia-chuan. Moy asked about the legislative priorities of the new Legislature. Sensitive subjects such as incumbent Ma Ying-jeou’s January 28, 2015, visit to Taiping Island and possible legislative action concerning cross Strait relations were not mentioned.
Pending, however, are two versions of a “cross Strait negotiations monitoring regulations”, one proposed by the Democratic Progressive Party based on the DPP platform and the other proposed by the New Power Party based on public opinion. Both proposals contain features hewing to the Taiwan independence party line.
DPP legislator Chuang Rui-hsiung says that these “regulations” should be “negotiated” among the party caucuses within the Legislature and all sides should keep an “open attitude”. Although president-elect Tsai Ying-wen says she wants to “maintain the status quo” in cross Strait relations based on public will and opinion, Kuomintang legislator Yang Cheng-wu says that if the “cross Strait negotiations monitoring regulations” pass without a hitch, it will ease the people’s anxiety, and the government will be able to avoid any irrational outside meddling and interference in cross Strait affairs. However, if ideological agendas are included, then the original intent of these “regulations” will be “countered”.
The purpose of the “cross Strait monitoring regulations” is to review and slow down the contentious proposals pushed forward in a non-transparent way or “black box” procedures by the incumbent government of Ma Ying-jeou.