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Saturday, August 14, 2010

The Korean Herald - Taiwan, China could follow Europe’s pathway

Taiwan, China could follow Europe’s pathway
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There are encouraging signs that the much-discussed economic co-operation framework agreement between Taiwan and China could bolster a lasting security across the straits, but there remains some way to go before the complex issues of the past can be resolved.
Last week, Lo Chih-chiang, spokesman for Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou, had this warning for Beijing: “Despite the fast improving ties over the past two years, China still targets Taiwan with more than 1,000 missiles. This picture is incongruous, and those missiles have hurt the feelings of Taiwan’s people.”
The Chinese defence ministry said on July 30 that Beijing will consider removing the arsenal if Taipei acknowledges the ‘One China Principle,’ which highlights Beijing as the legitimate government of both the mainland and Taiwan. In response, Lo called on the mainland to base missile talks on the 1992 Consensus, which emphasizes “one China, different interpretations.”
While the interpretation of ‘one China’ will inevitably be a point of contention in difficult political negotiations on issues such as missile removal, warming relations in the post-ECFA era must now be built upon to find a compromise that will allow both sides to move forward.
The ECFA was designed to increase trade between Taiwan and the mainland, but the guiding motivation behind the talks was to reduce tensions between two nations which have been divided by history and nationalistic intransigence for more than 60 years.

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