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Cross-strait ties, diplomatic relations at equilibrium, says Ma Ying-jeou
Publication Date : 21-08-2013
Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou said yesterday that cross-strait ties, as well as the country's diplomatic relations, have reached a subtle equilibrium.
The president made the comments during a meeting with members of the Taiwan Embassy in Saint Kitts and Nevis.
Taiwan has maintained stable diplomatic ties with Saint Kitts and Nevis for three decades, Ma said, adding that various collaborative projects between the two sides have come to fruition during this time.
The president explained that one of his primary objectives is to establish honest diplomatic relations with countries around the globe, in order to maintain Taiwan's integrity.
Ma said that during his pan-American visit, he has seen substantial improvements.
The administration's diplomatic policies are not only designed to avoid harmful confrontation with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), but more importantly, they are also designed to create new opportunities for business and cooperation, the president explained.
By avoiding harmful confrontation with the CCP, the nation can focus on developing stronger ties with various countries across the globe, Ma said.
“Current cross-strait relations and (Taiwan's) diplomatic ties have reached a very subtle equilibrium,” the president said.
This equilibrium is beneficial for the nation and the people, because in order to maintain stable cross-strait relations, the other side of the strait understands that it can't stand in the way of Taiwan and its allies, Ma said.
Although the CCP will continue its attempts to attract Taiwan allies through various means, the party realises that if it resorts to previous methods, cross-strait relations will be seriously damaged, the president added.
Taiwan does not object to its allies having trade relations with mainland China, but only on the condition that such relations do not affect their ties with the country, Ma explained.
Under this framework, Taiwan has been able to maintain stable relations with 23 allies, the president said, adding that the country has also been able to reach out further to countries with which it does not have official ties.
These improvements are not easily noticeable, but in terms of the level of interaction, the items of cooperation and the degree of mutual trust, there have been substantial improvements, Ma explained.
Diplomacy is key to a nation's survival and development, especially Taiwan, given that 70 per cent of its GDP growth is dependent on exports, Ma said, adding that the purpose of diplomacy is to help create business opportunities for the people, and in turn, allow the people to help the nation strengthen its ties with foreign nations, signifying a reciprocal cooperation between the government and the people.
The president reiterated that foreign aid has to be justified, legal and effective, in order for Taiwan to brush off the negative claims of so-called “checkbook diplomacy”, allowing the nation to receive greater respect in the global community.