Fri, Oct 21, 2011 - Page 1 News List

Ma promises referendum before Chinese peace pact

SEEKING UNITY:President Ma said no peace deal would be signed without public support and he downplayed comparisons to the 1951 deal between Tibet and Beijing

By Mo Yan-chih  /  Staff Reporter

“It’s unfair and unreasonable that some people intentionally distort our efforts to seek sustainable peace across the Taiwan Strait,” he said.

Meanwhile, in Tianjin, China, where the latest round of cross-strait talks are taking place, Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits Deputy Chairman Zheng Lizhong (鄭立中) said ending cross-strait hostility and signing a peace agreement “have been the common wish of compatriots from both sides of the Strait.”

His comments were in response to press queries about China’s reaction to Ma’s peace pact proposal.

Cross-strait negotiators in Tianjin are focusing on cooperating on nuclear safety in this round of talks.

Additional reporting by CNA

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