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Ma puts forth five-point proposal in meeting with Xi (update)

2015/11/07 16:42:48

Singapore, Nov. 7 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) put forth a five-point proposal during his historic meeting with Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping (習近平) in Singapore Saturday.

These five points are consolidating the "1992 consensus," lowering the state of hostility across the Taiwan Strait, expanding cross-strait exchanges, setting up a cross-strait hotline and cooperating to revitalize the Chinese nation.

"This five-point proposal is not to serve my own selfish ends but to promote the wellbeing of future generations," Ma said.

Ma said the consensus on the "one China" principle that Taipei and Beijing reached in November 1992 is the political foundation for both sides to promote peaceful development of cross-strait relations.

Based on this consensus, the two sides have achieved fruitful results, including signing 23 agreements, over the past seven years and a half, leaving cross-strait relations in their most peaceful and stable state in 66 years, he said.

Now that the two sides of the strait are no longer embroiled in conflict and confrontation, they should continue to lower the state of hostility and resolve disputes via peaceful means, he said.

The president also said the two sides should speed up the handling of unresolved issues to create a win-win situation across the strait. These issues include the signing of a trade-in-goods agreement, the establishment of representative offices in each other's territory and allowing Chinese nationals to transit through Taiwanese airports on overseas trips, he said.

He suggested that a hotline be set up between the chiefs of Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council and China's Taiwan Affairs Office to deal with emergency and important matters.

He said peoples on both sides of the strait belong to the Chinese nation and should work with each other to revitalize the Chinese nation.

(By Hsieh Chia-chen and Y.F. Low)
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Update:
Ma, Xi reach consensus on upholding '1992 consensus': official

Post-meeting press conferences:
Ma: Taiwan to solidify '1992 consensus' to pursue cross-strait peace
President Ma finds Xi 'pragmatic, flexible and frank'

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