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Lessons from the Korean summit

By John Lim 林泉忠

However, when then-candidate Tsai gave a speech at National Taipei University on May 4, 2015, she said that Taiwanese society was not yet mentally ready for a cross-strait peace agreement, and that it was not necessary to discuss one at the present stage, which was clearly not an outright rejection of the idea of an agreement.

Given the dangerous situation on the Korean Peninsula over the past few years, no one could have predicted three months before the Moon-Kim summit that the two Koreas would so quickly turn its hostility into peaceful friendship.

In an opinion piece in March, I wrote about the possibility of a Tsai-Xi summit. A peaceful history is the result of human wisdom. A summit between the two Koreas and its fruitful results were once seen as a “mission impossible.”

The insights that last month’s summit bring to the two sides of the Taiwan Strait are not limited to the issue of a cross-strait summit, as they should look ahead and seek a peaceful path that will ensure long-term peace and stability.

John Lim is an associate research fellow at Academia Sinica’s Institute of Modern History.

Translated by Eddy Chang

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