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3 parties across Strait urged to up communications

TAIPEI--The three major parties in Taiwan and China should step up communications with each other, which would in turn help the triangular relations among the United States, Taiwan and China, a former National Security Council (NSC) official said Monday.

Su Chi, a former NSC secretary-general and now chairman of the Taipei Forum think tank, argued at a conference in Taipei that the Kuomintang (KMT) and opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in Taiwan and China's Communist Party (CPC) needed to talk more to avert a breakdown in overall ties.

Su said relations among the U.S., China and Taiwan are currently stable, after a period in which Taiwan and the U.S. and the U.S. and China communicated while Taiwan and China did not.

"The problem today comes from the mini triangular relations of the KMT, DPP and CPC," he said at the conference, sponsored by the Taipei-based Chinese Integration Association and attended by people associated with the three political parties.

He noted that while there are communications between the KMT and CPC, communications are lacking between the KMT and the DPP and between the DPP and the CPC.

If such a trend continues, it could even affect the triangular relations of the U.S., Taiwan and China, Su contended, without elaborating.

He argued that should unforeseen incidents occur across the Taiwan Strait and nationalistic fervor is whipped up, the lack of communication channels could cause the situation to get out of control.

Meanwhile, Sun Yafu, vice president of the Beijing-based Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits, acknowledged that Taiwan and China have different perceptions of the political meaning of "one China" but felt they could be set aside to seek common ground.

Sun said the two sides currently identify with each other more on cultural and ethnic grounds and indicated that cross-strait initiatives are currently focused on cementing and strengthening mutual trust.

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