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Magistrate Approves of President Tsai’s Efforts to Maintain Stable and Peaceful Cross-Strait Relations

Magistrate Approves of President Tsai’s Efforts to Maintain Stable and Peaceful Cross-Strait Relations
2016/05/21
Reporter: Yang Shui-Yung / Kinmen County Government

Tsai Ing-wen and Chen Chien-jen, the 14th President and Vice President of the R.O.C., were inaugurated yesterday. Kinmen County Magistrate Chen Fu-Hai and Council Speaker Hung Li-Ping attended the inauguration ceremony in front of the Office of the President as well as the state banquet. Magistrate Chen congratulated President Tsai, Vice President Chen, and members of the cabinet in person. The office of the magistrate issued a press release on the inauguration speech of President Tsai, in which Magistrate Chen approved of President Tsai’s efforts to continue stable and peaceful cross-Strait relations based on the Constitution of the R.O.C. and the Act Governing Relations between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area. Magistrate Chen also indicated that the county government is willing to combine the forces of overseas communities in Southeast Asia to take part in the new government’s New South-Forward Policy, deepening cultural and economic exchanges and cooperation.
After Tsai Ing-wen was elected the first female president of the R.O.C. at the beginning of the year, she finally assumed office after going through a four month democratic mechanism. Various sectors have speculated about cross-Strait relations after May 20th due to the political orientation of the DPP. The inauguration speech of President Tsai was viewed as a critical starting point for further developments in the currently stable and peaceful cross-Strait relations. The speech not only drew national attention, but was also commented on by China and the U.S.
Even though the words “1992 consensus” were not mentioned in President Tsai’s speech, she emphasized that regional peace, stability and development, as well as properly handling cross-Strait relations were the new government’s major responsibilities, and she will dedicate her efforts to maintaining cross-Strait peace and stability.
President Tsai indicated that she respected the historical fact of a mutual understanding from negotiations between the SEF and ARATS in 1992, and cherishes and will maintain exchanges after 1992; the status quo and results accumulated from negotiations will be based on this fact and political foundation, as they continue to carry out stable and peaceful development of cross-Strait relations.
Magistrate Chen issued a press release through his office stating that the consensus built during cross-Strait talks in 1992 is the foundation of exchanges between Taiwan and China over the past two decades, and is an important principle for stable development in cross-Strait relations, as well as growing trade between the peoples across the Taiwan Strait.
Magistrate Chen believes that leaders of both sides both intend for stable and peaceful cross-Strait relations and the well-being of peoples across the Taiwan Strait. Since the Kinmen Agreement in 1990, Kinmen has served as an important place for trial implementation of cross-Strait policy since the mini three links began in 2001. The cross-Strait high level talks were successfully completed in Kinmen in 2015, and the two sides subsequently reached a water supply agreement, the first livelihood related agreement that is an important milestone. These all show Kinmen has an advantage in participating in important cross-Strait affairs at this time.
Furthermore, in the over a year since Magistrate Chen assumed office, he has held the administrative principle of “cross-Strait peace, light up Kinmen,” and emphasized that Kinmen is the best place for implementing the “1992 consensus,” which is the basis for developing close cross-Strait relations under the premise of “building stable cross-Strait relations, maintaining the interests of people across the Taiwan Strait,” making the greatest and most beneficial contribution to cross-Strait peace.
Kinmen is already a “beachhead” in cross-Strait exchange, and serves as a “cross-Strait bridge” and “sacred land of peace,” possessing a unique geographic location and historical meaning. In the future, Kinmen will continue to play a key role and serve as a channel for cross-Strait peaceful development, virtuous exchange, and communication, in hopes of contributing to the well-being of peoples across the Taiwan Strait.
In addition, President Tsai will implement a new economic model for domestic economic and trade development, but Kinmen and important cities along the coasts of Fujian in China, such as Xiamen and Qianzhou, have an inherent advantage due to their geographic location. Magistrate Chen indicated that he will continue to strive for the new government to establish a “Kinmen free economic pilot zone” under the sub-regional economic development model.
Also, President Tsai will give priority to the “New South Forward Policy,” and Magistrate Chen believes that Kinmen is the only county/city in the country with a connection to overseas communities in Southeast Asia. Western-style buildings are everywhere to be seen in the villages of Kinmen, and Kinmenese ancestors have traveled to eight of the ten founding member states of ASEAN, including Singapore, Indonesia, and the Philippines, and their descendants continued to develop in the countries. Hence, Magistrate Chen pointed out that Kinmen has the conditions and intentions to cooperate with the central government’s New South Forward Policy, and engage in more diverse exchanges and cooperation.

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  • Date:2016-12-08