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Taiwan should make use of China's rise: KMT presidential hopeful

Taiwan should make use of China's rise: KMT presidential hopeful

Kaohsiung, July 15 (CNA) Kuomintang presidential hopeful Hung Hsiu-chu told a group of women's groups representatives in Kaohsiung that Taiwan must not fear a rising China, but should learn to make use of it like a boat that is lifted by a rising tide. At a symposium with KMT members during a campaign tour of southern Taiwan, the deputy speaker of Taiwan's Legislature said cross-strait relations remained the most important and complicated political issue facing Taiwan. Amid China's rise in the world, she said, there has been opposition to stronger ties with China every step of the way, from opposing direct transportation links and free trade agreements for both goods and services to fighting Taiwan's bid to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. She recalled that the bill opening direct transportation links between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait was only passed after a fierce confrontation between members of the ruling KMT and the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). Yet cities and counties now governed by the DPP -- which fought the policy -- were enthusiastically taking advantage of direct transportation links and even pushing for more flights, Hung said. The rise of China is a fact that Taiwan should not be afraid of, Hung contended, arguing that Taiwan should instead adopt a strategy to make use of China's rise. She suggested that Taiwan adopt a policy of openness to attract international talent and capital. (By S. F. Wong and Lillian Lin)


Updated : 2021-09-24 01:20 GMT+08:00