Anti-China, anti-Taiwan feelings bad for cross-strait ties: panel

Focus Taiwan
Date: 12/19/2020
By: Lee Hsin-Yin

​From left: Carl Minzner, Lev Nachman, Margaret Lewis and Huang Kwei-bo, a professor at National Chengchi University. CNA photo Dec. 19, 2020

Taiwan, Dec. 19 (CNA) Participants in a cultural exchange program supported by the United States government expressed concerns Saturday over rising anti-China sentiment in both Taiwan and the U.S. and anti-Taiwan sentiment in China as it could hurt cross-Taiwan Strait relations.

There is a way to celebrate Taiwan and Taiwan's democracy without spreading hatred of Chinese people, said Lev Nachman, a student with the Foundation for Scholarly Exchange (Fulbright Taiwan), in a panel in Taipei analyzing the dynamics in Taiwan-China-U.S. relations.

"I think there is something very different between pro-Taiwan and anti-China," he said, adding that real solutions to healthy cross-strait relations lie in better mutual understanding.

"I've often said to anyone who is pro-Taiwan or pro-Taiwan sovereignty, one of the best ways to guarantee Taiwan's future is for Taiwan to become friends with people in China and for people in China to learn about Taiwan the way it exists," he said.

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