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Majority of people want Taiwan and China to cooperate and resolve island woes: survey

TAIPEI -- A majority of people in Taiwan and China hope the two sides can work together to resolve a long-running territorial row with Japan on islands in the East China Sea, a survey showed Thursday.

The disputed islands, known as Diaoyu in Chinese and Senkaku in Japanese, have long been a source of friction between Taiwan and China on the one hand and Japan on the other, as they all claim sovereignty.

In China, 85.3 percent of the 1,502 people interviewed were in favor of cooperation with Taiwan while 8.8 percent were against, according to the survey jointly conducted by the Taipei-based China Times and China's Global Times.

In Taiwan, 51.1 percent of the 1,500 people polled approved of collaborating with China while 27.5 opposed it, the survey found.

Up to 90.8 percent of Chinese support military moves, if need be, to resolve the disputes while 52.1 percent believe that such disputes could actually lead to military conflicts.

The percentage is much lower in Taiwan, with only 41.2 percent in favor of potential military actions while 40.0 percent believe the disputes could trigger conflicts.

China and Japan have a lengthy dispute over the uninhabited but strategically coveted island chain, which is believed to be surrounded by oil and gas reserves.

Taiwan also claims the islands and local activists have tried to sail to the disputed area to press Taipei's claim.

This month, coastguard vessels from Taiwan and Japan “bumped into” each other in waters near the disputed island chain, as the Taiwanese vessel was escorting activists to the area.

July 20, 2012    AiShuen@
Just compare:

At the Atlantic, EU is uniting, shouting hard unity against shouts of separation. Sure some US writes that US favours a genuinely unified EU but that is probably aimed more at discouraging China from helping the EU to be more unified because the EUD will challenge the USD comprehensively. Also the old order of Europe will challenge the new order of America.

At the Pacific, US is uniting Japan, Vietnam and Philippines with Australia already a natural ally. Importantly Japan is pursuing its own alignment with Vietnam and Philippines and is now trying to open up Indonesia.

To say you Chinese must continue with your excellently sustained separation and break further into smaller pieces - any intelligence? Time will tell.
July 21, 2012    michaeltaiwan@
41% of Taiwanese want military action?? What!! Why, nothing good to watch on the TV these days? Unbelievable!
October 26, 2012    shoe28@
"Union is strength". As in United we stand, divided we fall -China and ROC must be united to moving forward. Why let other play the card to divide and conquer. So many scholars on both Straits must have see and understand the truth, wisdom of it. Unification is the key to the future one strong China united we surely stand tall.
October 26, 2012    andgray@
shoe28@ wrote:
"Union is strength". As in United we stand, divided we fall -China and ROC must be united to moving forward. Why let other play the card to divide and conquer. So many scholars on both Straits must have see and understand the truth, wisdom of it. Unification is the key to the future one strong China united we surely stand tall.
I agree with everything you have said. Taiwan and China should be united but under a Taiwanese president who can teach Chinese people how democracy works. Good to see you exercising free democratic speech and I hope you enjoy it. Tell your Chinese friends how good it feels.
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