Taipei, June 19 (CNA) Decreased occurrences of Chinese suppression of Taiwan have reduced the country's international isolation, and this improvement should boost the Taiwanese people's willingness and confidence in developing ties with China, President Ma Ying-jeou said Tuesday.
Ma said he began improving relations with China when he took office in 2008 because he realized that cross-Taiwan Strait uncertainty is the biggest source of Taiwan's isolation from the international community.
Closer cross-strait ties since then have contributed to regional stability and peace, Ma said during a meeting with Abiodun Williams, an official of the Academic Council on the United Nations System.
The president said warmer cross-strait ties and Taiwan's better international relations are like a virtuous circle, and added that once Taiwan's international isolation is reduced, local people will be more willing to interact with China.
He added that Taiwan has been hoping to return to the U.N. since 1993 but admitted that its achievements on that front have been limited.
However, he said that since 2008, international relations have improved and Taiwan has been granted World Health Assembly observer status under the name of Chinese Taipei.
Taiwan's next goal is to participate in the International Civil Aviation Organization and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Ma added.
(By Kelven Huang and Jamie Wang)