President contrasts cross-strait peace with inter-Korea tensions
In contrast with the simmering tensions between South and North Korea, efforts by the two sides of the Taiwan Strait to pursue peaceful development of relations have produced “tangible value,” President Ma Ying-jeou said Wednesday.
Ma made the comparison while meeting with a group of local and foreign scholars and experts who attended a trilateral security dialogue between Taiwan, Japan and the United States on the previousday, including American congressman Steve Russell.
The two agreements signed by Taiwan and China just a day earlier in Fuzhou, on double taxation avoidance and aviation safety, may not seem like major achieve- ments, Ma said.
But compared to another flash point in East Asia, where both Koreas recently exchanged artillery fire, “I’d say that our efforts (by both sides of the strait) have produced tangible value,” he said.
The president noted that it has been more than 60 years since an armistice treaty was signed at the end of the Korean War, yet ten- sions are still a rising across the border, a telling sign that the world should not give up on peace.
Peace building has been a key policy goal for the Ma administration over the past seven years, as can be seen from his East China Sea and South China Sea peace initiatives that call for the concerned parties to shelve their differences and pursue joint interests.