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President Ma praises ties with Central America

Staff Writer, with CNA

President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) pledged yesterday to continue to upgrade Taiwan’s relations with its Central American allies while adhering to his modus vivendi diplomatic truce with China.

Under this policy, Taiwan has engaged peacefully with China in the international arena and does not oppose unofficial economic and trade ties between its allies and China, Ma said.

“This policy has allowed us to further promote bilateral cooperation, which is mutually beneficial,” he told a delegation led by Central American Parliament president Jacinto Suarez Espinoza.

Friendship between Taiwan and Central America has been strengthening over the past seven years, with Taiwan concluding four free-trade agreements with nations in the region, he said.

While Central American imports to Taiwan have grown 1,600 percent during this period, Taiwan’s exports to Central America have doubled, he said.

Ma said he has been seeking to improve cross-strait relations since his inauguration two years ago, and 14 cross-strait agreements have since been concluded.

“This is a rare and unprecedented development over the past 60 years,” he said.

As a result of improved relations with China, Taiwan’s ties with other countries have also improved, Ma said.

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