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Cross-strait policy has created a ‘virtuous cycle’: Ma

Staff writer, with CNA

President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) yesterday said that his administration has dealt with cross-strait relations based on the Republic of China’s Constitution and the nation’s interests, rejecting allegations that his government is “selling out Taiwan.”

By improving cross-strait ties, Taiwan is setting the stage for better relations with other countries as well, Ma told a visiting delegation of Chinese-Americans from the organization Committee of 100.

“We have managed to create a virtuous, not vicious, cycle between cross-strait relations and international affairs,” he said, citing examples such as Taiwan gaining observer status at the World Health Assembly and being invited to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) assembly by ICAO council president Roberto Kobeh Gonzalez.

Warming ties can be seen in the increase in the number of daily flights between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait to 95, a figure that still falls short of demand, he said.

Although there are still many differences that the two sides need to resolve, Ma said his administration hopes to put disputes aside to work toward mutual trust and facilitate peaceful resolutions.

However, Taiwan will keep purchasing defensive weapons from the US to ensure its security, he added.

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