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Gov't won't push 2 Chinas, independence: Ma

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- President Ma Ying-jeou said yesterday that the government's policies toward mainland China are carried out under the Constitution of the Republic of China.

"We do not and will not promote 'two Chinas,' 'one China and one Taiwan,' or 'Taiwan Independence,'" the president said.

Ma made the comments during a Koo-Wang Talks 20th anniversary event held at the Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) in Taipei.

All of the government's cross-strait policies maintain the interests of Taiwan and its people as the highest priorities, the president said, adding that the administration favors dealing with economic issues first as opposed to political issues, as well as handling the less contentious matters before moving toward some of the more sensitive ones.

Taiwan, Mainland China Share Common Heritage: President

Both sides of the Taiwan Strait are part of the Chinese nation; their peoples are descendants of the same ancestors, Ma said.

The people of mainland China and the people of Taiwan share a common bloodline, history and culture, and after five years of peaceful exchange, the two sides have created an unprecedented horizon for the Chinese nation, as well as set an example, not only for East Asia but also for the entire world, on how to settle disputes peacefully, the president said.

These are hard won fruits of labor "which we must cherish," Ma added.

It is hoped that the two sides will continue to pursue peace and prosperity upon the foundation of "one China with different interpretations," the president said.

With mutual non-recognition of sovereignty and mutual non-denial of jurisdiction as guiding principles, both sides should continue to expand and deepen their ties in areas such as commerce, culture, technology, environmental protection and human rights, Ma said, adding that the essence of celebrating the Koo-Wang Talks is to promote better understanding across the Taiwan Strait.

'1992 Consensus' Key to Talks, Development: Ma

"Without the '1992 consensus,' there would not have been the Koo-Wang Talks," the president said. "It is written clearly with black letters on white paper; the two sides of the strait shall each express the definition of one China verbally."

The agreement reached 20 years ago in Singapore between the Taiwanese and mainland Chinese delegations was "to conduct negotiations pragmatically and to seek common ground while being respectful of differences," Ma said.

The Koo-Wang Talks were a seminal series of discussions between former SEF Chairman Koo Chen-fu (辜振甫) and ex-Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits Chairman Wang Dao-han (汪道涵) in 1993. The meetings were held in Singapore.

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