Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) yesterday solicited the support of nations around the world in Taiwan's efforts to resume long-stalled cross-strait dialogue.
\nNoting that Beijing has been working toward becoming a hegemonic power in the region, Lu appealed to governments across the globe to recognize and appreciate Taiwan's determination in maintaining and upholding peace across the Taiwan Strait.
\nLu said that in light of Beijing's ambitions, the so-called Taiwan issue is not an issue between just two nations, but instead a regional issue that requires regional efforts to tackle successfully.
\nThe vice president made the remarks during an audience at the Presidential Office with a group of foreign academics and opinion leaders who are in Taipei to take part in the Workshop on International Negotiations and Conflict Resolution sponsored by National Chengchi University.
\nLu's guests included Jacob Bercovitch, dean of the Institute of Mass Communications Studies of the University of Canterbury, New Zealand; Norbert Ropers, director of Sri Lanka Department of the Berghof Foundation for Conflict Studies; and Zhao Quansheng (趙全勝), a director with the Institute of International Affairs, American University of the US.
\nThe vice president said that the people of Taiwan have for a long time been ingenious in finding ways to prevent an outbreak of war in the Strait.
\nTaiwan is one of the very few countries in the world that has continued to survive under persistent and long-term political and military threats from a neighboring country and diplomatic isolation in the international community, Lu said.
\nThe world may have recognized Taiwan's economic miracle and its political democratization, but the "miracle of peace" that Taiwan has achieved needs greater recognition, Lu added.
\nShe said that the last thing that the Beijing leadership wanted to see was the re-election of President Chen Shui-bian (
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