By: Eva Feng and Romulo Huang
Boao, Hainan, March 24 (CNA) Former Vice President Vincent Siew (蕭萬長) suggested on Thursday that Beijing deal with future challenges with intelligence, patience and pragmatism.
Speaking at a dinner party hosted by Zhang Zhijun (張志軍), head of China’s Taiwan Affairs Office, in honor of Siew and members of the Taiwanese delegation to the Boao Forum for Asia being held in Boao, southern Hainan Province, the former vice president proposed that Beijing face the reality, which, he said, refers to the decisions made by the people of Taiwan. “It is necessary to face the reality.”
Over the past eight years, the two sides of the Taiwan Strait have found excellent common foundations for resolving their long-lasting differences, Siew stressed, indicating that the development of relations between the two sides should be seen with a long-term vision, instead of from a short-term perspective.
Siew expressed the hope that the economic cooperation and exchanges between the two sides of the strait will continue to progress, no matter how the bilateral ties will change. [FULL STORY]