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Cross-strait ties weakened, though stable: Taiwanese ex-official

Taipei, Oct. 8 (CNA) Former National Security Council Secretary-General Su Chi said Wednesday that relations between Taiwan and China at present are not as good as they have been in the past few years, although they remain mostly stable. Describing the current state of cross-Taiwan Strait ties as suffering from "a minor cold," Su said there is a lack of momentum in the relations because mutual trust between the two sides has decreased, with many things unable to move forward. Su, who serves as chairman of the Taipei Forum, a non-profit think tank, made the comments in response to a question from the media. He was apparently referring to the delay in the trade-in-services and trade-in-goods agreements following extensive protests in Taiwan in March. Asked if the weakened cross-strait ties will affect the chances of President Ma Ying-jeou attending next month's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum meeting in Beijing and meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Su said the matter should be looked at "from an overall perspective" and not merely from the cross-strait angle. On Xi's recent statement that "peaceful unification" and "one country, two systems" remain Beijing's principles in resolving its "Taiwan problem," Su said he sees that as a "defensive warning" because the mainland is worried that pro-independence sentiment will grow stronger and stronger in Taiwan. (By Yin Chun-chieh and Y.F. Low)

Updated : 2021-05-12 06:19 GMT+08:00