Pres­i­dent con­trasts cross-strait peace with in­ter-Korea ten­sions

The China Post - - LOCAL -

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.

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