Cooperation with China conducive to peace in the Taiwan Strait: Ma
January 30, 2014, 12:25 am TWN
LOS ANGELES -- Speaking to overseas Chinese and Taiwanese in Los Angeles, Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou said that cooperation between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait is conducive to peace.
Ma, who was transiting on his way home from an eight-day, three-nation diplomatic tour, made the remarks during a speech at the LA chapter of the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association, a local union of Chinese and Taiwanese people in the southern California city.
Accompanied by Taiwan's representative to the U.S. King Pu-tsung and American Institute in Taiwan Chairman Raymond Burghardt on his visit, Ma became the first Republic of China president to visit the LA chapter, which was established 125 years ago.
There, he spoke on his administration's efforts since 2008 to improve relations with China and settle disputes in a peaceful manner, which he said have produced results "everyone can see."
It is in the best interests of people on both sides of the Taiwan Strait to push for the peaceful development of Taiwan-China ties under the R.O.C. Constitution and the 1992 Consensus — an agreement that the two sides of the strait are both part of "one China," though each side is free to interpret the meaning of the term.
Taiwan and China should leave behind their non-peaceful methods of the past in favor of cooperation and mutual help, he added.
Noting the association's strong connection with the R.O.C., Ma said he had originally planned to visit the LA chapter during his last transit stop in the city in August 2013, but was unable to do so due to unexpected circumstances.
At that time, he cut short his stay in LA on concerns that a typhoon headed to Taiwan needed his attention.
Ma and his entourage are set to return to Taiwan Thursday, the eve of the Lunar New Year.
His eight-day trip brought him to the African nations of Sao Tome and Principe and Burkina Faso. He then traveled to Honduras to attend the inauguration of the Central American country's new president, Juan Orlando Hernandez.