Breaking the China-Taiwan Impasse

By Donald S. Zagoria; Chris Fugarino | Go to book overview

APPENDIX 15

Excerpt from Chen Shui-bian's National Day Message, October 10, 2001

IV. PURSUING CROSS-STRAIT RECONCILIATION

Although the Chinese mainland has not responded positively to our government's initiatives to normalize cross-strait relations since my inauguration on May 20 last year, we will continue to promote cross-strait reconciliation. The Economic Development Advisory Conference has reached a consensus on mainland relations that the “patience over haste” policy should be replaced by a policy of “proactive opening and effective management” under the principles of “Taiwan first, global perspectives, mutual benefit, and risk management.”

In this regard, the ROC government will spare no effort to establish flexible mechanisms for cross-strait capital flow, cope with the challenges of our WTO accession and the “Three Links” across the Taiwan Strait, allow tourists from the Chinese mainland, and continue to promote cross-strait consultations.

I call on the leaders of the Chinese mainland to abandon obsolete and rigid thinking, raise their intellectual horizon in facing cross-Strait relations in the 21st century, considering themes such as humanitarianism to overcome the present impasse between the two sides. With the same cultural heritage, dedication to peace, and eagerness for mutually beneficial results, business, trade, and cultural exchanges will help remove political obstacles between the two sides. Only mutually supportive compassion will resolve unnecessary conflicts of opinion.

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