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Taipei mayor talks of ROC during Beijing visit
Central News Agency
2014-06-27 11:30 PM
Taipei, June 27 (CNA) Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin said Friday in Beijing that the Republic of China represents a consensus among the people in Taiwan, and he urged China to show good will by reducing Taiwanese concerns over its military threat. If those concerns can be reduced, many impediments to cross-strait engagements could be removed, Hau said. Hau, who arrived in Beijing for a four-day visit on Thursday, also called for mutual respect and understanding between the two sides during a meeting with Yu Zhengsheng, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference. Hau is on his first official visit to Beijing but was meeting with Yu for the second time after a previous encounter in Shanghai in 2010, when Yu was the city's Communist Party chief. The Taipei mayor said the two sides should stand in each other's shoes when assessing the development of cross-strait relations, and he urged Beijing to make efforts to reduce Taiwanese people's antagonism toward the mainland and try to leave good impressions on them. Hau, who is also vice-chairman of Taiwan's governing Kuomintang (KMT), said that the Republic of China -- Taiwan's formal name -- is the common ground for all people living on Taiwan and an important link between the two sides across the strait. He also said that the development of cross-strait ties is based on the "1992 consensus, one-China framework and anti-Taiwan independence" principles, and the two sides cannot back away from the peaceful development of cross-strait relations. According to a Taipei City government official, Yu said during the meeting said that after more than 50 years of hostility between the two sides, it was natural that Taiwan has concerns over China, adding that it would take time for the two sides to develop their relationship. Yu said that although Taiwan's government has hit a snag in pushing a cross-strait trade-in-services agreement through the parliament, the direction of peaceful development of cross-strait relations has remained unchanged. In response, Hau said that any problem can be resolved through mutual cooperation, assistance, trust and good will. Hau also expressed hopes that the two sides could promote mutual visits by students on each side. (By Huang Yi-han and Evelyn Kao)
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