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Taiwan President wishes to achieve cross-strait agreement in his term

October 20, 2008

Taiwan News
October 19, 2008 

TAIPEI -- In an interview conducted by an India's quarterly, when
asked whether he would achieve cross-strait policies including
China's removal of missiles aiming at Taiwan in his term, Taiwan
President Ma Ying-jeou said that there was no timetable for
cross-strait peace agreement because some issues could not be
resolved in a short time. "But I am willing to achieve it as much as
possible in my presidency," said Ma.

This was the first time that Ma clearly expressed his wish to achieve
cross-strait peace agreement in his term. Ma's staff said that it was
the President's wish, not a commitment or an announcement.

Once criticizing China on Tibet issue during the presidential
election, Ma said in the interview that Chinese authorities should
give respect to Tibet's freedom of religion and particular cultural
tradition and also improve the local condition of human rights.

About Taiwan-U.S. relations, Ma said the primary mission was to
strengthen the friendship and mutual trust with the U.S. "We will
communicate with the U.S. to seek for consensus before the government
announces significant policies," said the President.
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