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    Cross-strait relations nearing 'deep water zone'

    Posted Oct 18th 2012, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... and the ruling KMT, have been watching the leadership change closely, trying to assess its possible impact on cross-strait relations. "Based on what has happened over the past four years between us and mainland China, current relations are mutually beneficial," Ma said in June. "So, we do not expect cross-strait ties to have significant changes due to the leadership change." He ...

  2. Beijing calls for mutual trust across strait

    Posted Nov 04th 2008, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... of cross-strait relations. The Taipei talks, made possible after Mr Ma of the Kuomintang took office in May, followed a historic round in Beijing in June, during which the two sides agreed to operate ... shipping, postal exchanges and co-operating to ensure cross-strait food safety, despite protests by anti-mainland and pro-independence supporters. 'Please allow me to convey the goodwill wishes ...

  3. War of words over idea for a unified Chinese dictionary

    Posted Jun 25th 2009, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... Lawrence Chung in Taipei Ma Ying-jeou hopes to foster greater cross-strait understanding- literally- by compiling a dictionary of traditional and simplified Chinese characters. Now ... Kuomintang would likely discuss the issue at a cross-strait forum in Changsha, Hunan, next month covering culture and education. Two weeks ago, Mr Ma proposed that Taiwan and the mainland come ...

  4. Ma to take soft approach on UN

    Posted Aug 05th 2008, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... in trying not to offend the mainland, believing that as long as cross-strait relations have improved, the two sides should be able to increase trust and build consensus that would allow the island to expand its international presence. 'The key is with cross-strait relations,' he told about 250 Foreign Ministry officials in explaining his foreign policy. Mr Ma said there was a need ...

  5. Beijing ups ante with cross-strait sweeteners

    Posted Apr 16th 2006, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... of Taiwanese university students. 'The new policy package is a further step of the mainland to boost cross-strait exchanges and co-operation in favour of Taiwanese compatriots,' Chen Yunlin ... an advisory council tasked with achieving eventual cross-strait unification, a move seen by Beijing as Mr Chen's first step towards independence. Mr Lien, who retired in August as KMT chairman, ...

  6. Rejoining UN health body opens a door for Taiwan, Ma says

    Posted May 01st 2009, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... in cross-strait relations, an increase in mutual trust and Taiwan's promotion of a diplomatic truce with the mainland as other reasons. 'We firmly believe Taiwan's participation in international affairs and [amiable] cross-strait relations are interrelated, and both are the common desire of all people in Taiwan.' Mr Ma said that when it came to joining other international ...

  7. Ma offers exchange of offices with Beijing

    Posted May 20th 2009, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... Lawrence Chung in Taipei Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou has offered to talk with the mainland on both sides establishing offices in the other's territory, as cross-strait relations ... that because of the way cross-strait relations had developed, he believed there was a need for the two sides to think about 'swapping' offices. Although he was not specific, he did mention ...

  8. DPP plans protest over deals with mainland

    Posted Apr 28th 2009, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... mechanism. The second pact was for the two sides to launch regular scheduled flights and increase the number of cross-strait flights each week from 108 to 270; while the third pact was for joint efforts to fight cross-strait crime and boost judicial co-operation. The agreements were generally hailed as a further breakthrough in cross-strait relations, which have been warming since Mr Ma, ...

  9. Modest hopes for Chen-Ma talks

    Posted Apr 01st 2006, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... Lawrence Chung in Taipei Arms, cross-strait relations focus of Monday's meeting Taiwanese leader Chen Shui-bian will meet opposition rival Ma Ying-jeou on Monday in a closely watched ... of the project. Last year, after reaching a 10-point consensus with Mr Soong to try to stabilise tense cross-strait relations, Mr Chen accused the PFP leader of reaching a secret deal with the mainland ...

  10. Mainland official not welcome if on spin trip

    Posted Aug 04th 2006, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... Lawrence Chung in Taipei Taiwanese premier rejects criticism he is soft on cross-strait relations Chen Yunlin, a top mainland official in charge of Taiwan policy, would not be welcome ... colleagues and members of its pro-independence ally, the Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU), over his attempts to relax cross-strait economic policy. 'If [Mr Chen] wants to launch a united-front ...




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