Improved China ties create chances for Taiwan: official
CNATAIPEI -- Improved cross-strait ties have opened the door to improved ties between Taiwan and the rest of the world in many different areas, a presidential aide said yesterday.
October 16, 2013, 12:11 am TWN
“Tensions once ran high between (Taiwan and China), but we've taken a pragmatic attitude over the past five years,” Timothy Yang, secretary-general of the President Office, said at the opening of the Taiwan-U.S.-Japan Trilateral Security Dialogue forum in Taipei.
“The Taiwan Strait is no longer a potential flashpoint it once was,” Yang said, adding that things are getting better because Taiwan has become a peacemaker in the process.
Cross-strait rapprochement is aimed at creating a situation beneficial to the United States, Japan, Taiwan, China and the whole Asia-Pacific region, said Yang, a former foreign minister, without elaborating.
Kuomintang Legislator Lin Yu-fang echoed Yang's opinion during a panel discussion, saying that improved ties across the Taiwan Strait are in the interest of the people in Taiwan, China and their neighboring countries, including Japan and even the U.S.
Visiting former U.S. Representative Dan Burton also assured that the United States' friendship and partnership with Taiwan and its commitment to Taiwan are as strong today as they have ever been under the Taiwan Relations Act.
“We are a friend of Taiwan, we will remain a friend of Taiwan, and in the event of any adverse situations arising, we will be there for Taiwan,” he said.
Despite the warming ties between Taiwan and China, Lin urged the U.S. to keep its promise to sell Taiwan more advanced types of jet fighters and diesel-electric submarines.
“We have been so humble. We have been begging the U.S. government” to approve the sale to enhance Taiwan's military capabilities, he said.
The day-long event, now in its third year, is organized by the Taiwan-based Chinese Council of Advanced Policy Studies, the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, the Tokyo Foundation and Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.