Awkward, Secret and Nontransparant Interactions

The interactions between USA President Barak Obama and his wife Michelle has transmitted the warmth of love around the world, which is in line perfectly with Obama's emphasis on the family values.

In contrary, The interaction between Ma Ying-jeou and his wife in public transmits a totally different image.

Ma's wife, Chow Mei-ching(周美青), is the honorary president of Taiwan's Red Cross, which had a ceremony yesterday. Ma was invited to be a special guest to award prizes.

According to this report by udn:

Dressed in trim suits, Ma Ying-jeou, who was invited to award prizes, entered the room when Chow was walking toward the stage. They saw each other, passed each other without even a greeting. They then turned to opposite directions, as though they were performing in a movie.

The distinct strangeness between them is extremely weird. Not only wasn't there any single word exchange during the entire event, but also their seats were arranged in opposite sides of a walkway.

This type of interaction is rarely seen even between political rivals who have fought hard against each other all their lives.

Ma started his speech with a very formal greeting to his wife, "The honorary president Chow ...". The entire room brought into laughters, but Chow didn't show much facial expression in response.

Ma finished his speech and it's Chow's turn to award prizes. They kept a distance when they were both on the stage without any interaction, until later the president of Taiwan Red Cross, C.V.Chen (陳長文), dragging them closer and painstakingly forced them to shake hand.

That awkward handshaking was the only contact between the two. The photo taken reveals how strange it is (see it here. If it disappears, see the bottom of this post, my highlight).

Chinese always brag about the family values as the distinct feature of Chinese tradition that is missing in the Western countries. It is quite ironic that the family harmony are now displayed and emphasized by the USA's first family but Ma Ying-jeou's family displays the lack of it.

Talking about C.V. Chen, I am not sure if it is well known to the outside world that he is one of the masterminds behind the scene to push Ma Ying-jeou to sell out Taiwan with the economic plans.

According to this report (in Chinese; check the bottom of this post for a google-translated version), Ma Ying-jeou knew very well that the plan of ECFA is "Shoot first without knowing where the target is," and C.V. Chen, who has been Ma's lawyer for a long time, is the real power behind the scene to control all the steps and even the direction of all cross-strait policies.

That is, the entire crew of the government's Mainland Affairs Council (MAC, 陸委會), supposedly the official authority to deal with cross-strait affairs according to the law, is left out of valuable information, critical secret meetings and behind the table decisions and surrendering packs between Ma's government and China. It is rendered completely powerless. Ma Ying-jeou did his sellout plan by violating the law and by avoiding the monitoring of Taiwanese people. The MAC and president of MAC, the green-turning-blue former legislators-at-large of Taiwan Solidarity Union(台聯) Lai Shin-yuan(賴幸媛) are played as tools to present a false impression of law-binding upfront to the camera, and to shoulder responsibility in case things went wrong.

Reference: Google-translated version of the report:

"BIG BROTHER C.V.Chen's critical role in Ma Ying-jeou's ECFA rush"

Ma Ying-jeou, to promote ECFA admits is "first and then painting the target archery," he has always been indecisive, this time to show "non-doing can not be" the arbitrary will of Ma Ying-jeou's cross-strait issues, "Big Brother" Chen Chang-wen, a key role.


Network across the Taiwan Strait on May 3 hearing despite strong industry opposition and weak opposition, Ma Ying-jeou, to promote contact with mainland China signed the "cross-strait trade and economic cooperation framework agreement" (ECFA) has been the policy is "established" again!


This decision-making process behind how exactly is going on?


Most people do not say it was, in fact, "the Macedonian government" sector is also the situation of most of the units, the only orders of the act and run errands, the real core of the very few to Taiwan's "Red Cross" president Chen the "outside the system" the most crucial role.


One of the advisers for many years to follow the horse said, "the National Security Council," the Secretary-General Su Chi of course, because the identity of participation in decision-making positions, but he is not the soul of the outside world has not noticed that the rationale for legal law firm of Chen Chang-wen is the real face of the horse have an important say in cross-strait affairs people.


Ma Ying-jeou, Chen Chang-wen in the other provinces in the small circle of powerful older is the eldest child, before and after 1992, cross-strait relations, Lee Teng-hui to promote dialogue in the beginning, that is, Chen Pei-tsun is a series of talks on the Chinese mainland main.


Through the Red Cross-strait talks in Kinmen, the Strait opened end of the Cold War between the two sides in contact with the first crack, the powerful Chen-led, and even Lee could not obtain the contents of their talks.


Ma Ying-jeou is the same period of the "Mainland Affairs Council," vice chairman, is the小老弟Chen, capacity and participation is far less than that only of respect.


Later, Lee Teng-hui's decision-making power in order to get the two sides, the establishment of the Straits Exchange Foundation, Koo Chen-fu in Taiwan Gangster boss before the end of Chen's "proxy", but Chen Chang-wen in mainland China relations and the network operators do not always stop, and he has always had a high degree of interest.


Ma Ying-jeou, despite the opposition to insist on promoting the "pressure"?


News that the horse was the wife of weeks earlier the United States Green intended to be honorary president of the identity of the Red Cross to visit mainland China is not groundless, a positive go-between who is Chen Chang-wen, ZHOU Mei-Ching was the "president" as his wife, the Red Cross office is Chen Changwen lobbying and arrangements, we can see two close friends.


Chen suggested that the planning week why Green's visit to the United States, the Department believes that the United States Green Week's "first lady" status flexibility, but is very representative, I am not suitable in the case of Ma Ying-jeou, the week-fu battle on behalf of the United States Green may have the significance of ice-breaking, necessarily lead to cross-strait events.


But after news caused some waves, but since the whole scheme is not aborted, but are waiting for the right time.


Chen can come, "Joe" Zhou's visit to the United States in matters relating to Green, he's Ma Ying-jeou's cross-strait policy say, is easy, in fact, the role of Chen not only so, as a result of long negotiations, a professional lawyer, he involved in cross-strait secret communication, deep, far more than outsiders imagine.


Insiders pointed out that a "cross-strait economic cooperation framework agreement," regardless of CECA or call ECFA, that there are already between the two sides and jointly promote the understanding, and Chen Jue Gong shuttle them to Wei, Ma Ying-jeou, the opposition did not seriously, determined to promote, because the other side have already sent a message, and now the other side should not be allowed to feel how he "could not cover."


Hu Jintao, the "Message to Compatriots in Taiwan" the thirtieth anniversary of the "Hu six" policy toward Taiwan, strongly advocated the signing of cross-strait economic cooperation agreement, Ma Ying-jeou of the messenger contacts with the mainland has been testing the wind, it is learned that as long as the message to comply with the mainland "one China," nothing to talk about the position, "the lowering of tariffs and the proportion of the project are minor issues."


Ma Ying-jeou of the information so that a very exciting, that compromise the sincerity of the mainland, he just try to persuade Taiwan to the "one China" to the doubts and fears.


Chen claims that school, the two sides to the current works in the "pragmatic" in order to reverse the DPP over the past eight years because of the "Taiwan independence" and delay the normalization of cross-strait economic and trade relations between the phase-way, and now back up to speed, "one in the "framework now can not eat no one who will be the democratization of mainland China, the pursuit of cross-strait unification is easily realized," is not a big problem. "


In this assessment, the Ma Ying-jeou was instructed, "the system" from the Soviet Union plan to promote the follow-up issues, he said in mid-February the signing of the CECA is the "established policy" to proceed to lay out in a climate of public opinion, "the National Security Council "and come after the inter-called" ministerial "meeting on propaganda CECA policy and changed its name to ECFA into the decision-making suggested that Ma Ying-jeou, I am on television by public announcement.


Lai Shin-yuan position, Chii-ming, when EU officials


This top-down tasks, the mainland policy of the competent authority "MAC" is the situation from start to finish, the Lai Shin-yuan, not only did not understand the first time "above is to play really," the vice-chairman of a number of senior even has reservations about the gradual and orderly progress should not be impatient, so in a public statement at a press conference several times, have been confirmed soon afterwards purely a "personal opinion", does not mean that decision-making intention, which allow the "MAC" very embarrassing.


Ma Ying-jeou praised for being "a rare talent" and "Minister of Economic Affairs," Chii-ming, in the "premier" Liu named after the order for the EU as first-line officers, it is necessary to force the wave of the ECFA advocate and is responsible for contact Solidarity with the relevant industry come forward in order to create public support.


However, due to the DPP leader Tsai Ing-wen, under the strong opposition from academics and industry Strong domestic demand to question the traditional "government" procedures that lack of communication, so that Ma Ying-jeou was very upset, saying that "the Ministry of Economic Affairs," has not done enough to once again request strong publicity in April, signed with China the benefits and necessity of ECFA, the imperative can be seen the decision-making authorities.


However, a "government" who privately admitted that Ma Ying-jeou in the March 20 press conference that the second half of this year there will be initial progress ECFA, this is not only risky, but totally inconsistent with the conventional negotiations.


For one thing, is that the Government of the content of ECFA is simply not adequate discussion and research, and even commissioned "by the hospital in" The assessment will take some time after the release, scheduled to appear early in haste; Secondly, the opposition has not been respect, as well as the majority of people understand what is the ECFA circumstances, it is bound to increase the rebound in the future a greater resistance; most important thing is that with the mainland has not been on the table, so that the behavior first hand lift, the negotiators will be tied hands tied,腹背受敌.


From "outside the system," first, "the system" to catch up with the decision-making, Ma Ying-jeou again did a great adventure, ECFA delicate operation is clearly not enough, following the ruling and opposition parties will not cause a new wave of confrontation between the conflict?


Opaque black box of government decision-making, lack of supervision will not cause a high degree of concern?


I am afraid that the political arena is ready for the next storm.

(來源:台灣《財訊》月刊) (Source: Taiwan's "Wealth" magazine)