Taiwan-China relations reach 60-year high: SEF

Taipei, Dec. 29 (CNA) Relations between Taiwan and China have reached a 60-year high as a result of increasing mutual trust under institutionalized cross-Taiwan Strait talks, the Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) said Thursday. Describing 2011 as "rapid," "busy" and "peaceful" in terms of cross-strait relations, SEF Chairman Chiang Pin-kung said the organization has been aggressively pushing for cooperation between the two sides for more than three years. The achievements include seven rounds of high-level talks between the quasi-official SEF and its Chinese counterpart, the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits, two Cross-Strait Economic Cooperation Committee meetings and a conference that reviewed the overall effectiveness of the agreements signed so far, he said. "What we have been creating is an image of `peacemaker' instead of `troublemaker,'" Chiang said, adding that the efforts have won recognition from the international community. He also cited recent statistics released by the Taiwan Affairs Office under China's State Council that suggest more than 3 million Chinese nationals have visited Taiwan since it began allowing cross-strait tourism exchanges in 2008. "It won't be long until we see that figure hit the 10 million mark," he said, adding he believes that only increasing ties between the two sides can bring prosperity to the people of Taiwan. (By Lee Hsin-Yin)

Updated : 2021-04-17 11:29 GMT+08:00