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Time not yet ripe for cross-strait political talks: premier

2010/09/28 21:12:17

Taipei, Sept. 28 (CNA) Taiwan welcomes Chinese Premier WenJiabao's recent remarks on the missiles deployed in China targetingTaiwan, but the time is not yet ripe for the two sides of the TaiwanStrait to engage in political talks, Premier Wu Den-yih said Tuesday.

"The two sides must forge more mutual trust before they can begindeveloping a military confidence-building mechanism (CBM) ornegotiating political disputes, " Wu said at a Legislative Yuaninterpellation session.

At present, Wu said, China still puts constraints on Taiwan'spresence at many international occasions.

"Such moves are counterproductive to the cultivation of goodwilland mutual trust, " Wu said. "We hope China can show more goodwill."

Asked for his views on Wen's Sept. 22 statement that the missilesdeployed by Beijing along the southeastern Chinese coast oppositeTaiwan will eventually be removed, Wu said Taiwan welcomes Wen'sremarks if the missile removal comes without any prerequisites, suchas Taiwan being asked to accept Beijing's so-called "one China"principle.

"We believe Wen's statement is a gesture of goodwill and we hopethe missile removal can be done as soon as possible and with nopreconditions," Wu added.

On a recent commitment by several senior Chinese officials tolaunch political reforms, Wu said history has shown that no countryhas seen its political situation remain intact after undergoingphenomenal economic development.

"The Chinese leadership should have sensed such a tendency and Ibelieve that the force driving China to pursue freedom and rule oflaw will grow ever-stronger," the premier said.

(By Chou Yung-chieh and Sofia Wu)