Tue, Jan 17, 2012 - Page 3 News List

2012 ELECTIONS: Taiwan to continue pragmatic cross-strait policy: MOFA

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  Staff Reporter

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Tung Kuo-yu, left, yesterday reports the presidential election results to foreign ambassadors and officials during a press conference in Taipei.

Photo: Lu Chun-wei, Taipei Times

With the re-election of President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), the government will continue its pragmatic cross-strait policy and “viable diplomacy” to win recognition and support from the international community, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Tung Kuo-yu (董國猷) said yesterday.

Following the nation’s fifth presidential election and eighth legislative election on Saturday, the ministry yesterday briefed diplomatic representatives from more than 60 countries on the results.

“Taiwan’s policy toward China has been widely welcomed by the international community. In President Ma’s victory speech on Saturday night, he stressed that there will be more harmony and more trust with China,” Tung said.

He said that the continuation of Ma’s cross-strait policy would “reduce the possibility of conflicts and create a sustainable, peaceful and stable environment for Taiwan.”

“We trust that we will have even more opportunities to interact with the world, as well as fulfill our existing commitments to our diplomatic allies and other countries” during the second term of Ma’s administration, he said.

Tung said that the country’s foreign policy was aimed at “consolidating relations with our diplomatic allies, strengthening substantial cooperation with countries that do not have diplomatic relations with us and allowing us to participate in functional and international organizations, and to engage in the work of international humanitarian relief.”

Israeli Representative to Taiwan Simona Halperin requested that Tung explain a possible timeline for an expected Cabinet reshuffle, but Tung said he was not in a position to address the question.

Tung said the ministry had received congratulatory letters from the US, Japan, the EU and several other countries that delivered the message that Taiwan’s democracy was valued and that they hoped cross-strait rapprochement would continue.

“We appreciate your support and thoughtfulness. President Ma has made it very clear that he will maintain the ‘status quo’ of ‘no unification, no independence and no use of force’ under the framework of the Constitution of the Republic of China. He also said that through institutionalized cross-strait channels, he would promote dialogue and negotiations based on the principle of equality, dignity and reciprocity,” Tung said.

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