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President calls for reconciliation, cooperation, peace in new year

President calls for reconciliation, cooperation, peace in new year

Taipei, Dec. 31 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou is hoping for a new year of reconciliation in Taiwan society, cooperation between Taiwan's ruling and opposition parties, and peace between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait. In an address to be delivered at the Presidential Office Thursday, Ma said reconciliation must come with understanding, using different ways to understand the problems of today's youths and and the less privileged. Understanding is also needed to narrow the gap between the rich and the poor, between rural and urban communities, and between management and workers, he said. On the political front, the president said, it would be in the best interests of the public if Taiwan's political parties shed their confrontational attitude and take a cooperative approach instead. He said his "greatest regret" since he took office as president in 2008 has been his failure to achieve cooperation between the ruling and opposition parties. In addition to reconciliation in Taiwan, peace across the Taiwan Strait must also be consolidated, though much has been done in this regard over the past six years, the president said. After the peaceful development of relations between Taiwan and China solidifies, the governments on both sides must then work to allow all the people to share the "peace dividends," Ma said. (By Kelven Huang and S.C. Chang)


Updated : 2021-04-18 05:30 GMT+08:00