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Ex-generals seek PRC tie-up on islands

‘SINGLE-FACETED’:A former Taiwanese admiral told a forum in Hong Kong that Taiwan and China must issue a joint declaration on the disputed Diaoyutai Islands

By J. Michael Cole  /  Staff reporter

Speaking on the sidelines of the forum, retired PLA major general Xu Guangyu (徐光宇), now a researcher at the China Arms Control and Disarmament Association, said the tensions over the Diaoyutais provided “a good opportunity to start cross-strait military talks and to seek consensus on how to jointly address disputes in the East and South China seas.

“Cross-strait military talks could be started ahead of other political issues,” Xu said. “For example, we can declare a ceasefire in disputed waters in the East and South China seas, and announce a joint cross-strait stance on our goal to defend our sovereignty in those areas to the world.”

Former minister of national defense Wu Shih-wen (伍世文), who also attended the event, said that Taiwan had always upheld its territorial claims in the East and South China seas. However, he said that the current political climate meant it was not the right time for Taipei and Beijing to cooperate on those issues, views that were echoed by Chao.

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