Tue, Oct 11, 2011 - Page 1 News List

ROC 100: Ma calls on China to emulate Taiwan

IDEALISTIC:The president said the ideals espoused by Sun Yat-sen had never been established in China, but had come into fruition in modern Taiwan society

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  Staff Reporter

“The people on both sides of the Taiwan Strait are ethnically Chinese. Our hope is that the two sides will be able — based on a clear-eyed appreciation and acceptance of reality — to seek common ground, while respecting differences, assist and cooperate with each other, and build a peaceful relationship within an institutionalized framework,” he said.

Ma said that this month also bore special significance for him on a personal level.

“Sixty years ago in October 1951, at a time of great turmoil, my parents brought their family, including one-year-old me, from Hong Kong to Taiwan, seeking a life of freedom and tranquility. Never could they have imagined that more than 50 years later, their son would have the opportunity to become the ROC president,” Ma said.

At a separate event later in the day, Ma told a gathering of China-based Taiwanese businesspeople that the country had become an asset to the world, not a liability.

Ma said building a peaceful relationship with China within an institutionalized framework was the nation’s first line of defense, which was more important than procuring F-16C/D aircraft.

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