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Diversity of voices needed in Taiwan-China relations: Tainan mayor
Central News Agency
2014-06-07 08:36 PM
Shanghai, June 7 (CNA) More voices are needed among the Taiwanese public when it comes to discussions over relations with China, Tainan Mayor Lai Ching-te said from Shanghai Saturday, the second day of his first visit to China. Lai, a member of Taiwan's opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), told students and faculty at Fudan University that while cross-strait relations have become increasingly common, the lack of different ideas on Taiwan's side has concerned the public. The DPP has held the position that Taiwan should undertake cross-straight dialogue in a confident and assertive manner, Lai said. As such, it is the party's responsibility to reflect on the different opinions of the public and to work on a more comprehensive China policy, he said. "The DPP will not understand the situation (in China) if we do not visit and vise versa," he said. Taiwan and China should favor cooperation rather than confrontation and should organize more exchanges instead of blocking each other, Lai stressed. Chinese President Xi Jinping's stance that China should cooperate with the United States in a mutually beneficial partnership could be applied to China-U.S.-Taiwan trilateral relations as well, he added. On the issue of whether the independence-leaning DPP should forgo its Taiwan Independence Party Platform, a position strongly opposed by Beijing, Lai said that such a move would not help reconcile the differences between Taiwan and China. The party's pro-independence narratives represent the ideas of many in Taiwan, and further understanding about the spirit of the platform is needed on China's part if it wishes to forge stronger ties between the sides, Lai said. Fudan University President Yang Yuliang echoed the idea that visiting Taiwan is necessary to understanding it, citing his personal experience that his impression that Taiwan is only about parliamentary conflict changed after he got the chance to interact with the Taiwanese people. (By Eva Feng and Lee Hsin-Yin)
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