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Cross-strait doctrine rooted in East-West Germany treaty: Ma

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- President Ma Ying-jeou said yesterday that the administration's concept of "mutual non-recognition of sovereignty and mutual non-denial of jurisdiction" between the two sides of the strait was inspired by East and West Germany's policies of separating jurisdiction and sovereignty before the two sides were united.

The president yesterday met lawmakers from Germany at the Presidential Office.

The administration's approach to cross-strait affairs was inspired to an extent by the policies of East and West Germany in the 1970s, Ma explained.

The president pointed out that Mainland Affairs Council Minister Wang Yu-chi (王郁琦) recently met his mainland Chinese counterpart, Taiwan Affairs Office Minister Zhang Zhijun (張志軍), in an official context, marking a historic milestone in the 65 years since the two sides began to be separately governed.

The administration's approach is "mutual non-recognition of sovereignty and mutual non-denial of jurisdiction," Ma explained, adding that the Wang-Zhang meet took place precisely under this format.

The Basic Treaty signed between East and West Germany took the approach of separating sovereignty and jurisdiction, and that treaty has provided inspiration for the administration, the president said.

The difference between Taiwan's ties with mainland China and the ties between East Germany and West Germany is that before the latter two were united, their interactions were not as frequent as that of Taiwan and mainland China, Ma added.

After developing ties with mainland China, the administration discovered that in order to promote trade between Taiwan and the EU, it is necessary to contemplate whether or not an economic cooperation agreement is in need, the president said.

The president further added that bilateral cooperation between Taiwan and Germany has showed signs of progress in many respects.

Ma pointed out that he had a layover in Frankfurt while en route to the R.O.C.'s diplomatic allies in Africa and Central America.

Ma said that before he became president, he had visited Germany on at least 15 occasions, but that after becoming president, he was not able to visit the country. Ma added, however, that he was glad to be able to stop over in Frankfurt briefly to meet with old friends.

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