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China Times: U.S.-Cuba reconciliation sets example for Taiwan, China

China Times: U.S.-Cuba reconciliation sets example for Taiwan, China

U.S. President Barack Obama announced Dec. 17 that the United States would restore diplomatic relations with Cuba, breaking a 53-year-long diplomatic deadlock dating back to the Cold War. "When you have done the same thing for 50 years and nothing has changed, you should try something different if you want a different outcome," Obama said in defense of the decision that has stirred up a great amount of controversy at home. Obama's vision and fortitude are an example to be followed by governments on both sides of the Taiwan Strait. There is indeed a need for the U.S. to reexamine its policy of isolating Cuba, especially when the U.S. has long established diplomatic ties with China and Vietnam, also communist-run states. Since the severance of U.S.-Cuba diplomatic relations 53 years ago, Cuba has paid a dear price economically due to U.S. embargoes that have resulted in suffering for the Cuban people. The U.S. has not come out victorious for it, either. Had Washington sought to break the ice earlier, the two countries might have been able to ease hostilities long ago. Confrontation and belligerence are unhelpful in overcoming mutual differences or creating an opportunity for long-term peace. Likewise, hostility between Taiwan and China does not help resolve differences but rather impedes dialogue and understanding. Taipei and Beijing should be wise and work together to make a common future that is beneficial to both. (Editorial abstract -- Dec. 29, 2014) (By Y.F. Low)


Updated : 2020-11-30 20:20 GMT+08:00