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President pledges to turn China ties into asset

President pledges to turn China ties into asset

Taipei, April 6 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou said Tuesday that Taiwan must improve its relations with China to turn what has been a liability into an asset.
In seeking to establish its international status, Taiwan must not allow cross-Taiwan Strait ties to become its burden, Ma said during a question-and-answer session in a video conference linking Taipei with Harvard University faculty and students.
He acknowledged that some people in Taiwan may disagree with his China policy but said that his administration will stick to the "right policy" that will not only be beneficial to Taiwan but also to the East Asian region and the rest of the world.
The purpose of his upcoming debate with opposition Democratic Progressive Party Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen on the proposed Taiwan-China economic cooperation framework agreement (ECFA) is to try to build consensus within the nation on the issue, he explained.
Stressing that Taiwan must not be left behind as Asia grows more economically integrated, Ma said signing the ECFA with China will be a major step for Taiwan, enabling it to link more closely with countries in the region and the rest of the world.
Although Taiwan is already 10 years late in taking this step, it is now on the right track, Ma said.
The video conference linked Ma with Harvard's Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies.
Before taking questions from his audience, Ma delivered a 20-minute address titled "The Quest for Modernity." Issues covered in the speech included Taiwan's experience in sailing through the economic recession, the country's policy to pursue cross-Taiwan Strait peace and flexible diplomacy, and its values of democracy and freedom.
(By Garfie Li and Y.F. Low)




Updated : 2021-04-12 03:50 GMT+08:00