Letters | What China and Taiwan need for peaceful cross-strait resolution
- Resolving cross-strait disputes through engagement must take precedence in Beijing’s Taiwan policy, as coercion is counterproductive
- For Taiwan, given the power imbalance on multiple fronts, engagement is the most pragmatic strategy to preserve its distinctive characteristics of democratic governance and political autonomy
For Taiwan, given the imbalance of military, political, and economic power in cross-strait relations, engagement with China is the most pragmatic strategy to preserve its distinctive characteristics of democratic governance and political autonomy. The daily contact of China’s businessmen, tourists and students with the Taiwanese people on the island is a powerful conduit that even the Chinese government’s censors struggle to contain.
In the end, the peaceful resolution of cross-strait issues can take myriad forms. Exactly which form will materialise in the future will rest on constructive competition between the two societies and negotiations between the leaders from both sides. The overriding task for Taiwan and China is to ensure that this process can take place in a peaceful manner.
Chin Hsueh, Taipei