Cultural exchanges key to cross-strait peace: minister
CNALONDON--Culture Minister Lung Ying-tai on Friday touted the role of cultural exchanges in fostering mutual trust between the people of Taiwan and China and, ultimately, peace between the two sides.
February 24, 2013, 12:03 am TWN
The first and foremost mission of this generation is to prevent conflicts across the Taiwan Strait, and the leaders on both sides can sign peace deals to that end, Lung said in London after a tour in France.
However, peace deals would not be very reliable without genuine mutual trust between the people of Taiwan and China, Lung said, stressing that cultural exchanges can help to nurture trust.
Lung was speaking at the University of London's Centre for Taiwan Studies to a packed audience of more than 350 local residents, and visitors from other parts of Europe as well as Taiwan and China.
The diversity of the audience indicated the growing attention internationally to Taiwan and its place in the ethnic Chinese community despite its size compared with China, Lung said.
Taiwan can serve as a better reference point than the West in China's search for a future direction, Lung said, adding that Taiwan has been building its own culture gradually and in a low-profile manner.
She thanked President Ma Ying-jeou for establishing the first full culture ministry since 1949, and stressed its role in promoting cross-strait peace.
As part of her tour in the UK, Lung also visited the Southbank Centre in London the same day.
She said she was impressed by the efforts of the state-level institution to bring art and culture into the local neighborhoods.