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President calls for end to confrontation between overseas Chinese

President calls for end to confrontation between overseas Chinese

Taipei, May 5 (CNA) The confrontation between pro-Taiwan overseas Chinese and pro-China Chinese people living abroad should be brought to an end, President Ma Ying-jeou said Tuesday.
"We won't oppose overseas Chinese groups, which support us, to engage with China, " Ma said while receiving a delegation from the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association in New York, a group of ethnic Chinese people living in the United States.
Ma noted that the political divide that used to exist between Taiwan and China has split overseas Chinese into two different camps depending on their affiliation with Beijing or Taipei, with the two camps sometimes confrontational toward each other. "I hope the confrontation will be wiped off gradually, " now that relations between Taiwan and China is improving, Ma told the group.
Also remarking on his administration's efforts to improve ties with China ever since it took office about one year ago, Ma said: "I hope the atmosphere of detente across the strait will expand to other fields, not least the field of diplomacy." Ma remarked that Taipei has stopped trying to win over China's allies, and said he hopes China will match Taipei's efforts by not undermining Taiwan's ties with its allies.
He reiterated that exchanges between people on both sides of the Taiwan Strait is something that is unavoidable and through engagement, without harming Taiwan's sovereignty and dignity, Taiwan has actually gained international space, citing Taiwan's admission to the World Health Assembly in Geneva later this month as an example.
Unlike in the past, Beijing refrained from blocking Taiwan's participation this time.
"As long as China stops squeezing Taiwan out of the international community, I am sure there is much room for improvement in bilateral ties," Ma said.
(By Maubo Chang)




Updated : 2021-07-31 14:49 GMT+08:00