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President Ma Unveils Cross-Strait Peace Monument in Kinmen on the 23rd Anniversary of the Koo-Wang Summit

President Ma Unveils Cross-Strait Peace Monument in Kinmen on the 23rd Anniversary of the Koo-Wang Summit
Reporter: Li Tseng-Wang / Summary Report

Yesterday (April 29th) was the 23rd anniversary of the “Koo-Wang Summit,” and President Ma Ying-Jeou and Vice President Wu Den-Yih unveiled the “Cross-Strait Peace, Prosperity and Sustainability” monument in Kinmen Peace Memorial Park. Kinmen was once a battlefield that has become a travel destination, and witnessed the history of confrontation to peace between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait.
Legislator Yang Cheng-Wu, Kinmen County Magistrate Chen Fu-Hai, and Council Speaker Hung Li-Ping also attended the unveiling ceremony to witness the important moment of “Cross-Strait Peace, Prosperity and Sustainability.”
The first Koo-Wang Summit was held from April 27th to 29th, 1993. Koo Chen-Fu, Chairman of the Straits Exchange Foundation, and Wang Daohan, President of the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait, met in Singapore. It was the first formal meeting between government officials since the R.O.C. government relocated to Taiwan in 1949.
Twenty three years have passed since then, and President Ma specially selected Kinmen Peace Memorial Park to set up the “Cross-Strait Peace, Prosperity and Sustainability” monument to commemorate the Koo-Wang Summit, which opened up a new era for cross-Strait relations. The unveiling ceremony was held yesterday morning.
The monument begins with the Battle of Guningtou in 1949 and ends with the meeting between President Ma and China’s President Xi Jinping in Singapore. It details cross-Strait relations from the start, and gives the best explanation of cross-Strait relations under President Ma’s 8 years of leadership.
The monument writes that the armed forces defeated the invading communist forces in the battle of Guningtou in 1949, and established the separate government of the two sides of the Taiwan Strait for 67 years. Former president Chiang Ching-Kuo began allowing visitation to relatives in China in 1987, and cross-Strait relations began to thaw; the two sides reached the “1992 Consensus” of “one China with respective interpretations” in 1992.
Four agreements were signed in Singapore during the Koo-Wang Summit in 1993 and opened up a new era of institutionalized cross-Strait negotiations. Cross-Strait relations went through ups and downs in the 15 years that followed, and China frequently held military exercises.
Since May 2008, the government has insisted on maintaining the status quo of “no unification, no independence and no use of force” on the foundation of the “1992 Consensus of one China with respective interpretations” under the framework of the Constitution of the R.O.C. when engaging in peaceful cross-Strait development. The heads of both sides responsible for cross-Strait affairs have 7 times since then and call each other by their title.
The monument points out that the two sides have signed 23 agreements over the last 8 years and flights have increased to 890 per week; the numbers of Chinese tourists and students in Taiwan have grown 13 fold and 50 fold, respectively. The world approves of reconciliation between the two sides, which has also benefited Taiwan’s relations with the U.S. and Japan, as well as participation in international organizations, forming a virtuous cycle.
During the unveiling ceremony, President Ma said that he met with China’s President Xi Jinping in Singapore on November 7th last year under the premise of equality and dignity; it was the first meeting between presidents in the 67 years the two sides have been separately governed. The two parties built a bridge of peace for “consolidating cross-Strait peace and maintaining status quo in the Taiwan Strait,” and have received praises from the international society.
Kinmen was once a battlefield and has not become a travel destination, witnessing the development from war to peace. Finally, the monument writes that it commemorates the 23rd anniversary of the Koo-Wang Summit and that it is a witness to the peace and prosperity of the two sides today.

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  • Date:2016-12-08