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Former KMT chief urges Xi to follow Taiwan's peace initiative
【Cross Straits】2015-09-01  20:49:06
Taipei, Sept. 1 (CNA) Former Kuomintang (KMT) Chairman Lien Chan (連戰) has told Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) that all parties concerned should attach importance to a peace initiative broached by Taiwan to resolve disputes in East Asia, Lien's spokesman said Tuesday.

Chang Jung-kung (張榮恭), a former KMT vice secretary-general who is acting as Lien's spokesman during an ongoing visit to China, noted that during a meeting with Xi in Beijing earlier in the day, Lien asserted that the East China Sea Peace Initiative broached by Taiwan is worth the attention of all parties concerned.

President Ma Ying-jeou proposed the peace initiative Aug. 5, 2012 to address territorial disputes over the Diaoyutai Islands in the East China Sea.

The Diaoyutais, which lie some 100 nautical miles northeast of Taiwan, have been under Japan's administrative control since 1972 but are also claimed by Taiwan and China, which calls them the Diaoyu Islands.

Ma, in his initiative, called on all parties to refrain from taking antagonistic action, to shelve their differences, to not abandon dialogue, to observe international law and to resolve the dispute via peaceful means.

All sides should also seek consensus on a code of conduct for the East China Sea and establish a mechanism for cooperation on exploring and developing resources in the region, Ma said.

Lien's latest meeting with Xi in China is his third. He was invited by Beijing to attend events to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of second Sino-Japanese war, with a Sept. 3 military parade expected to be the highlight of the celebrations.

Lien's latest meeting with Xi, however, has not been endorsed by Taiwan's government, with the Mainland Affairs Council, the top agency responsible for mainland affairs, saying later that evening that it was nothing more than a private exchange between the two sides of the Taiwan Straits.

(By Lawrence Chiu and Lilian Wu)
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