Visiting former Polish President speaks of cross-strait relations

Taiwan News
Date: 2016-03-19
By: Chia Lee, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Visiting former president of Poland, Aleksander Kwasniewski, said Saturday

Former president of Poland, Aleksander Kwasniewski

Former president of Poland, Aleksander Kwasniewski

during a speech in Taipei that it is unavoidable for Taiwan to face the “China factor”, adding that the best way to do so is through communication.

On Thursday, Kwasniewski met with President-elect Tsai Ing-wen, during which the two talked about Taiwan-Europe relations, industrial policies, democratic transition, ethnic reconciliation, and other critical issues, according to media reports. The two also exchanged views on transitional justice and economic restructuring.

While Poland and Taiwan are distant from each other in terms of location, Kwasniewski said, he has observed a great similarity between the two nations in terms of geopolitical situations and the experience of democratic transition.

Kwasniewski, who served as the president of Poland from 1995 to 2005, arrived in Taiwan Sunday for a tour at the invitation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.     [SOURCE]


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