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TWO SIDES OF TAIWAN STRAIT SHOULD ESTABLISH MUTUAL MILITARY TRUST

2004-06-11 22:47:35

    Taipei, June 11 (CNA) The two sides of the Taiwan Strait should establish a mechanism of mutual military trust, Taiwan's top mainland policy planner said Friday.

    Noting that keeping the peace in the Taiwan Strait is a common responsibility for both sides, Joseph Wu, chairman of the Mainland Affairs Council, said that it is necessary to establish a mechanism for mutual military trust between them, which he said is part of President Chen Shui-bian's proposal for establishing a stable framework of peaceful cross-strait interactions.

    Wu said that his council will actively promote the realization of this goal in the coming years, including informing each other in advance about military drills, not designing military exercises with the two sides as virtual targets, avoiding the possibility of launching a first strike via military drills and setting up a military hotline between the two sides.

    It is a given that the two sides inform each other in advance of their military exercises, Wu stressed.

    Referring to how to make a breakthrough in the current cross-strait stalemate, Wu said that Taiwan will make goodwill gestures in an active manner to improve cross-strait ties.

    He also call on Beijing not to inject political matters into trade and economic exchanges between the two sides, or the opening of direct cross-strait trade, postal services and transportation links.

    The opening of the so-called direct "three links" is an established policy of Taiwan, Wu added.

(By Huang Kwang-chun)

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