Ma Ying Jeou De-escalated The CCP Spy Case Of Chang Hsien-Yao
Taibei City Local Prosecution Agency is investigating
the leaked case of Chang Hsien-Yao, former vice chairman
of Taiwan Mainland Affairs Council.
President Ma Ying Jeou recently held a press conference
in which he personally responded to the case.
He said the case is just the “small waves"
made during cross-strait relations.
However, Taiwan scholars have pointed out that Chang
Hsien-Yao is the main person in charge of negotiations
with Mainland China;
If he leaked confidential information, this would cause
a significant impact on Taiwan’s security.
But Ma’s government intends to trivialize
the case in order to maintain and expand
the economic relations with Mainland China.
Ma Ying Jeou cited a “big tree" as a metaphor for
He said, “if we find the pestsof cross-strait relations,
it is necessary to have a woodpecker’s attitude to spot
and get rid of the pests.
He said the Chang Hsien-Yao case is only “small waves"
made during cross-strait relations.
On Aug. 30, Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) Chairman
Lin Join-Sane held a closed-door meeting at Egret Lake Villa
of Jiangsu Province with Chen Deming, the President of the
Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait (ARATS).
Lin Join-Sane also said the leak case
is a “side and trivial issue."
The President of ARATS, Chen Deming, also said that
in terms of the overall situation
of the development of cross-strait relations,
the Chang Hsien-yao case is a very small matter.
Such remarks from the incumbent officials show that
the high-levels on both sides of the strait want to trivialize
the Chang Hsien-yao case.
However, Taiwan scholars are more worried
about Taiwan’s security.
National Taiwan University Economics Professor Chang
Ching-Hsi said that as a main coordinator of negotiations
with Mainland China, if Chang Hsien-Yao really leaked
the confidential information, then Taiwan is very dangerous.
National Taiwan University Economics Professor
Chang Ching-Hsi: “Under such a circumstance,
deliberately denoting this matter vaguely as “small waves"
and “small problems" does not make sense.
He is a very major negotiator on behalf of Taiwan.
So if this case is true, the relationship
between the two sides should be very critical.
Now the so-called service trade agreement and goods trade
agreement are intended to continue on in negotiations.
Actually, such sort of thing should be carefully considered,
as to whether there should be further discussion."
Professor Chang Chin-Hua from the Institute of Journalism
of Taiwan University said that some of Ma Ying-Jeou’s
government speeches probably appease the people,
but also “admit their guilt" a little.
Professor Chang Chin-Hua: “If the case really had no impact,
he would not have come out to say something,
and we all would not think there is any effect.
In fact, it might be that the impact is actually quite large.
As far as the leak case itself is concerned, this incident
involves in both of two sides of cross-strait.
One side leaked the confidential information,
and another side accepted the confidential information.
So the mutual trust basis between the negotiators
of the two sides, or between Taiwan and China may
have been subject to considerable influence."
Chang Chin-Hua further analysed that if the leak case
of Chang Hsien-Yao is true, then all prior agreements
signed by him on behalf of Taiwan will be significantly
questioned, and a repeal will even be required.
So why did the Ma Ying-jeou government ignore the threat
and still hold the attitude of “trivializing the case?"
Chang Chin-Hua said that Ma believes that to rapidly
achieve a so-called “free trade agreement"
with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) will help
Taiwan’s economic development.
However, such an argument has now been questioned
by many people.
Chang Chin-hua: “Taiwan heads into Mainland China,
but we don’t head into the world.
Taiwan heads into China but is in fact trapped in China,
which leads Taiwan’s economy to be unable to develop,
to be stolen and exploited by the CCP
and even further return the attack on Taiwan.
So to re-think and change this strategy itself,
in fact, becomes very important."
Chang Ching-Hsi also believes that Ma Ying-Jeou should
consider a closer cross-strait relations as a kind
But in fact, from a relatively long-term historical perspective,
this may become a very large “stain."
The recent situation in Hong Kong also allowed
Taiwan scholars see the “failure lesson."
Chang Chin-hua said that from the recent situation in Hong
Kong, it can be seen that the CCP absolutely did not let go
of their dictatorship and their own interests, and did not
resolutely compromise for the supervision rights of people.
This makes people highly suspicious that any negotiations
between the two sides will have little meaning.
Chang Chin-hua: “In fact, before this incident we signed,
some agreements including the protection of Taiwan’s
business, mutual legal assistance and so on.
But the Communist regime itself does not in fact respect
the judiciary and it is not an independent judiciary
with oversight on mechanisms of power.
Therefore Taiwan needs to discern that the negotiations
between the two sides are in fact in pursuit
of an unrealistic result."
Voice of America reported that the United States has
solemnly clarified that they did not intervene in Chang
Hsien-Yao’s case, but informed Taiwan that high-ranking
Taiwanese officials acting as Beijing spies is not without
precedent to follow.
In the previous case of Major General Lo Hsien-che
it is the United States that spotted the case
and notified the Taiwanese side.
Afterward, the Ma administration then began to investigate
and sentenced Lo Hsien-che to life imprisonment.
Interview & Edit/QingXue Post-Production/Chen Jianming