Oct 04, 2005

Taiwan: Solution To China Dispute: Reason And Pragmatism

Taiwans President Chen Shui-bian insists that with reason and pragmatism, the current dispute with mainland China could be resolved

Taiwan’s President Chen Shui-bian insists that with “reason and pragmatism,” the current dispute with mainland China could be resolved.

Chen made the declaration following the signing of a joint communiqué between the Republic of China and the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis, on Wednesday, Sept. 28, in St. Kitts.

“I am convinced that, as long as we do not relinquish our commitment to resolve the cross-Strait disputes through the exercise of reasons and pragmatism, the day of reasons and pragmatism, the day of permanent peace, across the; “Taiwan Strait will dawn,” he was quoted as saying.

The ROC’s president also insisted that Taiwan takes its commitment to world peace seriously, even as China refuses to abandon the use of military force against his country.

“In passing its so-called ‘anti-secession law,’ China attempts to provide grounds for using force against Taiwan,” Chen said. “Currently, its has deployed over 700 ballistic missiles along its Southeast coast targeted at Taiwan. (But) we will continue to persist on a path to peace for it is a road of no return.”

The Taiwanese government has stressed its commitment to becoming independent.
Still Taiwan has seen its own support dwindling over the past year in the region as both Grenada and Dominica crossed the floor essentially to support mainland China over the ROC.

But ROC officials push on, determined to achieve their own sovereignty. The tensions between China and Taiwan find their roots in the 1949 Chinese revolution, when communists led by Chairman Mao claimed control of the mainland.

And nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek withdrew to Taiwan, with two million refugees, vowing to reclaim the mainland.

The Taiwan Strait, also known by its Portuguese name, the Formosa Strait, is the 190-kilometer-wide body of water that separates the west coast of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and Fujian Province of the People's Republic of China. It also links the East Sea and the South China Sea.

Source: Hardbeatnews.com