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Direct links with China unrelated to unification: president

Direct links with China unrelated to unification: president

President Ma Ying-jeou said Tuesday the recent opening of direct transport and postal links between Taiwan and China symbolizes the pursuit of peace by the two sides, and has nothing to do with the issue of unification versus independence.
According to Ma, avoiding the use of non-peaceful means to resolve conflicts is a global trend, and the opening of the links Monday was consistent with such a trend.
The greatest significance of the links lies in the narrowing of the distance across the Taiwan Strait, which enables the two sides to put themselves in each other's shoes, instead of sticking to their own positions, Ma said.
This was demonstrated in the recent establishment of air, shipping and postal agreements between the two sides, which involved a great deal of give-and-take by either side, he said.
The president said although the opening of cross-strait links represents the mainstream opinion in Taiwan, the government will respect other non-mainstream opinions and improve any flaws in implementing the measures.
Ma made the remarks during an interview with Hakka Television Service, which focused on the 20th anniversary of a movement by the Hakka community to fight for its right to use its mother tongue.
Ma said the movement was very meaningful because it was an action by the Hakka people to uphold their rights and cultural heritage and led Taiwan toward a multi-cultural society.
On the plan to enact a basic Hakka law, Ma said he believes the law would help enhance ethnic assimilation but he does not think it should set a fixed quota for Hakka politicians in elected bodies.
He said his campaign promise to set up a national Hakka radio station is temporarily unattainable due to problems involving radio channel distribution, but that the Council for Hakka Affairs will continue to work on the matter.


Updated : 2021-09-24 02:17 GMT+08:00