CONSENSUS:Lin Yu-fang said the participants generally supported the idea of a cross-strait peace accord, as relations are a ‘mixture of peace and belligerence’
Date: Nov 04, 2016
By: Stacy Hsu and Shih Hsiao-kuang / Staff reporters, TAIPEI and BEIJING
This year’s Cross-strait Peaceful Development Forum between the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) and
the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has created a new political outlook, as the two sides have initiated cross-strait political communications, one of the forum’s organizers said as the event concluded in Beijing yesterday.
In his remarks at the two-day forum’s closing ceremony, KMT-sponsored National Policy Foundation vice executive director Sun Yang-ming (孫揚明) said the most important tasks ahead are furthering the so-called “1992 consensus,” exploring the possibility of ending cross-strait hostilities with a peace accord and institutionalizing cross-strait peace.
“Discussions of such issues rely on a forum like this, as they can be explored through various kinds of communications, which in turn holds the promise of a stable future and a peaceful environment for people on both sides of the Taiwan Strait,” Sun said.
Differences in opinion are inevitable at the start of political communication, Sun said, urging people to open their minds to different views to facilitate discussions and help all parties understand other ideas.
Sun added that cross-strait political communication is not only necessary, but an unavoidable trend. [FULL STORY]